Japan Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Japan’s black market. Intelligence and security information collected from government agencies, news articles and other public data sources.

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Organized crime in Japan controls an economic market worth $242 Billion (20 Trillion Yen) a year. These activities include many legal industries such as the construction industry and stock trading.

In terms of illicit revenue from criminal activities, the Yakuza earns about $21 Billion a year from crimes such as prostitution and illegal gambling.

(What is racketeering? What is extortion? See examples here.)

Source: Hiroko Tabuchi, “Japan Pushing the Mob Out of Businesses,” New York Times, November 18, 2010.

Wildlife traffickers illegal import over 1,600 protected species into the black market of Japan. The 1,600 species are all listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Source: Kyodo, “Japan hit for trade in rare species,” Japan Times, October 19, 2010.

In 2009, the Government of Japan found over 400 cases of the mistreatment of foreign workers in a government sponsored training program, including the failure to pay wages and exposure to dangerous conditions.

(Japanese crime statistics.)

From 2005 to 2010, at least 127 trainees have died. The cause of death for many have been strokes or heart failures, signs of overwork.

Source: Hiroko Tabuchi, “Japan Training Program Is Said to Exploit Workers,” New York Times, July 20, 2010.


The United States, Japan, United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands purchased 11.7 million cubic meters of timber worth $8.4 Billion that was cut down by illegal logging activities in 2008.

Source: AFP, “Illegal logging of tropical forests in decline: study,” Google News, July 15, 2010.

Police in Japan are identifying less human trafficking victims over the past five years.

Below is the number of human trafficking victims found within the calender year.

2009: 17 victims.

2008: 36 victims.

2007: 43 victims.

2006: 58 victims.

2005: 116 victims.

(See all human trafficking statistics.)

Source: US Department of State, “Country Narratives: Japan,” Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, June 2010.

Two Japanese men were arrested for human smuggling for bringing up to 300 Thais into Japan. The price the smugglers were charging per person was $21,000 to bring them from Thailand to Japan.

Source: The Star/Asia News, “2 Japanese men deported over smuggling workers,” Asia One News, May 27, 2010.

In the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan, more than 3 million World Cup counterfeit goods were seized before and during the tournament.

Source: International Authentication Association, “World Cup fakes war could be won with penalties,” Counterfeiting Confidential, April 2010.

A record 650 people were arrested for child pornography in Japan in 2009, according to the National Police Agency.

The agency received 4,486 complaints of child pornography on the Internet in 2009.

Source: Julian Ryall, Japanese government blocks a ban on child pornography,” Telegraph, May 14, 2010.

Japanese video game maker Nintendo discovered in June 2009 10 websites where their games were illegally pirated 238 million times.

The total losses to Nintendo was $10.7 Billion.

Source: Saki Mizoroki and Takashi Kamiguri, “Console game makers fight ‘magicom’ piracy craze,” Asahi, April 20, 2010.

According to a lawsuit filed in Taiwan, 8 Japanese Porn companies lose $31 Million (1 Billion Taiwan Dollars) a year to piracy in Taiwan.

Source:  AFP, “Japan porn firms threaten piracy lawsuit in Taiwan,” Google News, April 14, 2010.