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Yakuza members fell below 20,000 for 1st time in 2016

 The number of crime syndicate members in Japan fell below the 20,000 threshold for the first time in 2016, as gang groups are struggling to secure financing on the back of stronger police crackdowns and a growing civil movement to eliminate them, a national police report showed Thursday.   The figure dropped about 2,000 from a year earlier to around….Read more

  • March 17, 2017
  • , Nikkei Asian Review
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Crime syndicate members fall below 20,000 for 1st time in 2016

The number of crime syndicate members in Japan fell below the 20,000 threshold for the first time in 2016, as gang groups are struggling to secure financing on the back of stronger police crackdowns and a growing civil movement to eliminate them, a national police report showed Thursday.   The figure dropped about 2,000 from a year earlier to around….Read more

  • March 16, 2017
  • , Kyodo News
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NPA’s sex trafficking data for 2016 just tip of the iceberg: NGOs

OSAKA – Cases of forced prostitution and human trafficking were reported by 46 people across 17 prefectures in 2016, including 25 Japanese — the most since 2001, the National Policy Agency said Thursday.   But one group involved in combating the crimes said the numbers represent only a portion of the true total.   Eighty percent of the victims were….Read more

  • February 16, 2017
  • , Asahi, The Japan Times
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4,000 illegal workers exploited by construction company

On Feb. 10, the Metropolitan Police Department Organized Crime Investigation Division sent papers to the prosecutor’s office on Satoshi Kogyo, a demolition company, and its president in Maebashi on suspicion of hiring Vietnamese nationals with expired visas to work at construction sites in violation of the Immigration Control Act. Two other people from the same company were arrested on the same charges.….Read more

  • February 10, 2017
  • , Mainichi evening edition , p. 14
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Japan criminal cases sink below one million in 2016

Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press) — The number of criminal offenses reported to police in Japan totaled 996,204 in 2016, slipping below one million for the first time since the end of World War II, the National Police Agency said Thursday. The figure was down 102,765, or 9.4 pct, from the previous year, the agency said in a preliminary report.….Read more

  • January 19, 2017
  • , Jiji Press , 12:26 p.m.
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Foreign fraud ring found to be operating in Japan

A source revealed on Jan. 4 that the Japanese police have busted a fraud ring consisting of Chinese and Nigerian nationals. It is highly unusual for a Chinese fraud group and a Nigerian fraud group operating on opposite sides of the world to be working together in Japan. The combined fraud ring unlawfully obtained Japanese cigarettes using fake credit cards and sold them….Read more

  • January 5, 2017
  • , Sankei , Lead story
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U.S. imposes financial sanctions on two Japanese yakuza entities

All Sunday dailies took up the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement on Friday that the financial assets held in the U.S. by two Japanese crime syndicates and their bosses will be frozen. Kobe-Yamaguchi-gumi and Yamaken-gumi, two splinter groups of the nation’s largest criminal organization, Yamguchi-gumi, as well as their three top leaders, will be subject to financial sanctions that include a….Read more

  • January 1, 2017
  • , Asahi
  • JMH Summary

SECURITY

At Yokosuka lockup, U.S. military inmates sleep on beds, shoot hoops

  Yokosuka Prison (Nagase, Yokosuka City), the only prison in Japan that confines persons connected to the U.S. military, will hold its regular exhibition of prison life and articles made by prisoners on Oct. 30. The event will include a tour in the facility. American inmates, whose diet and culture are different from Japanese, receive special consideration and along with other inmates….Read more

  • October 29, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , Kanagawa edition p. 30
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Federation of Bar Associations vows to work to abolish death penalty

All Saturday morning papers wrote that the Japan Federation of Bar Associations adopted on Friday a proposal stating that it will work to abolish capital punishment by 2020 and introduce life imprisonment without parole instead. This is the first time for the federation to adopt such a statement. The proposal was supported by 546 of the 786 participants in the….Read more

  • October 8, 2016
  • , Asahi
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POLITICS

Bar society calls for abolition of death penalty

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations on Friday adopted a declaration calling for the abolition of the death penalty for the first time, at a human rights protection convention held in the city of Fukui.   With 786 lawyers, or some 2 percent of all lawyers in Japan who total about 37,600, attending the convention, the declaration was approved by….Read more

  • October 11, 2016
  • , The Japan News , 1:05 am
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