Japan Briefs


Crooks take advantage of the elderly
Scam artists in Japan pretending to be quake victims in need of money have found rich retirees easy prey. One ruse known as the "ore ore fraud" generally involves a young person phoning an elderly person and pretending to be a grandkid by saying "ore, ore" ("it's me! it's me!"). "Ore" is a pronoun not used with strangers. Money transfers in Japan are fast and easy, so targets can lose large amounts fast.


Tools to cope with emergencies are suddenly more popular
After the earthquake, Japanese rushed to download iPhone apps. For days, The "Medical Encyclopedia for Home Use" topped the list of favorite free apps in Japan, according to PositionApp, which tracks iPhone app sales. Yurekuru call, a quake warning service, shot from 94th place to second. Flashlight-4, which turns an iPhone screen into a light source jumped from 65th to third place. As of Mar. 21 the three apps have remained among the top eight free downloads in Japan.

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