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Japan police handle record number of minors over cannabis

  • March 11, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 1:36 p.m.
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Tokyo, March 11 (Jiji Press)–A record 887 people aged under 20 were dealt with by Japanese police over cannabis cases in 2020, a National Police Agency survey showed Thursday.

 

The figure jumped 40 pct from the previous year and more than 10-fold from 2011.

 

The NPA will intensify crackdowns and promote publicity activities to raise young people’s awareness of the danger of cannabis use.

 

Of the total for 2020, 453 minors had jobs while 182 were unemployed. The total also included 159 high school students, 56 university students and eight junior high school students.

 

Men accounted for 793 and women totaled 94.

 

The number of minors handled by police over cannabis cases came to 81 in 2011 and has been growing since 2014. It stood at 429 in 2018 and 609 in 2019.

 

The NPA also said police took action against 60 minors over cases involving cocaine, synthetic drugs and other drugs in 2020,  up by 23, and 96 minors in stimulant cases, down by one. Both totals included at least 10 high school students.

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