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Japanese police took action against 61 human trafficking cases in 2021

In 2021 police departments across Japan exposed 61 cases of human trafficking involving forced prostitution or force labor for the purpose of money, up six cases from the previous year, according to data released by the National Police Agency (NPA) on April 14. The number of people accused of human trafficking decreased by15 from a year earlier to 43. Three were….Read more

  • April 14, 2022
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 9
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U.S. Marine indicted on assault charges in Okinawa

Asahi reported that the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office disclosed on Monday that it has indicted a U.S. Marine for allegedly injuring a woman while attempting to sexually assault her in Okinawa Prefecture last year. The indictment was reportedly filed on Dec. 23 of last year. The paper said a 22-year-old U.S. Marine allegedly assaulted the woman in October 2021,….Read more

  • April 19, 2022
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To prevent another Ghosn incident, system using GPS devices to be tested

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s notorious escape overseas while on bail has led to efforts to develop monitoring systems using GPS devices, which will be tested from this fiscal year, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.   The Justice Ministry and the Supreme Court will jointly test a system, aiming to put it into operation as early as in….Read more

  • April 5, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:21 p.m.
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Gangs have had their heyday in Japan, or have they?

Being a mobster in Japan is not what it was like 30 years ago when money was no object and members lived life to the hilt. A raft of legislation drawn up to drive gangs out of business is said to be taking its toll. Maybe.   The enactment of anti-organized crime legislation that underwent numerous revisions, coupled with the….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:36 p.m.
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Crimes by foreigners drop for first time in six years

The number of foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents) arrested by the police nationwide decreased by 1,079 from a year earlier to stand at 10,677 in 2021, the Nikkei learned on March 24 from data compiled by the National Police Agency (NPA). This was the first decrease in six years. By country, 4,007 arrests (37.5%) were of Vietnam nationals and 2,305….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 47
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Record 5,482 people tied to cannabis cases in Japan in 2021

Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)–Japanese police arrested or took other actions against a record 5,482 people in cannabis cases in 2021, up 8 pct from the preceding year, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.   The number of such people hit a record high for the fifth consecutive year.   Cannabis cases increased markedly among those under 20 years old.….Read more

  • March 24, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 12:47 p.m.
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Japan police handle record 994 minors over cannabis in 2021

Tokyo, March 10 (Jiji Press)–Japanese police dealt with a record 994 people under 20 years old over cannabis cases in 2021, up 12.1 pct from the preceding year, a National Police Agency survey report showed Thursday.   The increase was apparently because the danger of cannabis is not fully recognized.   Of the total for 2021, 502 had jobs while….Read more

  • March 10, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:38 p.m.
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Children kidnapped through social media hit record in Japan

Tokyo, March 10 (Jiji Press)–The number of people aged under 18 who fell victim to kidnapping through the use of social media in Japan in 2021 rose by 11 from the previous year to a record 86, the National Police Agency said Thursday.   The increase in children who were placed under someone else’s control through being intimidated or enticed….Read more

  • March 10, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 1:43 p.m.
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Two U.S. Marines convicted for smuggling marijuana

On March 8, the Naha District Court sentenced two U.S. Marines who tried to smuggle a total of about 160 grams of marijuana into Japan for profit to three years in prison, suspended for four years, and a fine of 500,000 yen (a penalty of three years in prison and a fine of 500,000 yen were sought). They were charged….Read more

  • March 9, 2022
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 27
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Editorial: Court ruling condemns fugitive Ghosn as key culprit in wrongdoing

The charismatic leader of a giant corporation who jumped bail and fled to Lebanon has in absentia been held criminally responsible in court. This case also raised serious questions to how corporate culture and the judicial system should function.   The Tokyo District Court has handed down a guilty ruling for Greg Kelly, a former representative director of Nissan Motor….Read more

  • March 7, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 2:57 p.m.
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