According to Japanese Custom Officials, there were 31 cases of attempted drug smuggling from Africa into Japan in 2012. A total of 81 kilograms of illegal drugs was detected by Customs.
The number of drugs attempting to enter Japan from Africa has continued to grow within the past several years. In 2007, there were 0 cases of smuggling from Africa. In 2008, there were 8 cases of smuggling involving 8 kilograms of stimulants. In 2010, there were 43 cases of drug smuggling involving 144 kilograms, and in 2011 there were 44 cases involving 84 kilograms of drugs.
Since 2010, the number of drug smuggling cases from Africa has outnumbered the amount of drug smuggling cases from China.
Source: “Stimulants smuggled into Japan increasingly from unstable African nations,” Mainichi, February 23, 2013.