Japanese police say the damage from "special frauds" reached 35.6 billion yen, or around 320 million dollars, last year. Such cases include complex schemes to swindle strangers, such as impersonating close relatives over the phone.
The National Police Agency says the total damage was down about 30 million dollars from the year before. Still, fraudsters took their victims for nearly one million dollars a day.
To commemorate 60 years since the opening of TV Asahi, 'MUSIC STATION' will broadcast a three-hour special on February 1.
The first line up of artists include Arashi, Otsuka Ai, ORANGE RANGE, GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, Johnny's WEST, Nogizaka46, and Hata Motohiro. More artists will be announced later.