There are an estimated 50,000 women from South Korea working in the sex trade in Japan. In the United States, there are an estimated 30,000 South Korean women working as prostitutes.
Japanese Custom officials reported that there were 23,280 cases of counterfeit goods seizures in the country in 2011. The number of cases was the second-highest number of cases, following the 26,145 cases in 2008.
The Content Overseas Distribution Association, a Japanese organization enforcing intellectual property, reported that 3,300 people have been arrested between 2005 and 2011 in international markets for selling pirated DVDs of Japanese shows and music. During the 6 years, 6.5 million pirated DVDS of Japanese content was seized.
In 2011, there were a reported 44 shootings across Japan that were linked to organized crime activities. 18 of the shootings took place in the prefecture of Fukushima.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2011 that methamphetamine was the most widely used drug in the following Asian countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Japan, Laos, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand.
The Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association estimates that the movie industry in Japan loses up to $732 Million (56.4 Billion Yen) a year due to movie piracy.
According to Japan’s National Police Agency, in 2010 there were 22 designated organized crime syndicates in the country. The number of full and part-time Yakuza members totaled 80,900, down from 88,600 in 1990. Almost half of the total organized crime membership was in the Yamaguchi-gumi.
According to the World Drug Report 2011, trafficking and smuggling of marijuana into Japan was decreasing but the production of domestic marijuana was increasing.
There were 19 human trafficking cases investigated in Japan in 2010, down from the 28 in 2009 and the record lowest number of cases since cases have been tracked since 2001. 24 Filipinos, 12 Japanese, and 1 South Korean were found to be victims of human trafficking in Japan from those cases.
85 Iranian citizens were arrested in Japan in 2009 for drug smuggling crimes. Most of the illegal drugs being carried by the Iranians were methamphetamine.