The National Police Agency in Japan stated that there were 63,200 Yakuza members in the country in 2012. The number of gang members was declined by 7,100 from the previous year.
It is the first time since 1958 where the total number of gang members in Japan has been below 70,000. Back in 2009, the number of reported gang members was as high as 80,000.
Police across Japan arrested 24,139 full members and associates in 2012, a decline of 2,130 arrests from the year before. Most of the arrests were for violations of the Stimulants Control Law.
Source: “NPA: Number of yakuza members drops sharply in 2012,” Tokyo Reporter, March 7, 2013.