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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Women from the Philippines working in Japan’s prostitution industry send an estimated $150 Million a year back to their families.

See how much prostitutes charge for sex around the world.

Source: Magnolia Yrasuegui and Priya Esselborn, “Philippines: Women struggling to achieve sexual equality,” Deutsche Welle, December 1, 2009.

The Japanese Cartoon industry losses an estimated $2.4 Billion a year to piracy activities in China, according to a report from Japan’s Foreign Ministry.

The character Doraemon, who is the cultural ambassador for Japan, is among the most pirated  character.

Source:  Leo Lewis, “Japan loses out to Chinese cartoon pirates,” Times, April 2, 2010.

According to various reports, the estimated revenue of the prostitution industry in Japan generates $24 Billion (2.3 Trillion Yen) a year.


Michael Hoffman, “Japan’s love affairs with sex,” Japan Times, April 29, 2007.

David McNeill, “Running the sex trade gantlet,” Japan Times, November 11, 2003.


Customs officials in Japan seized 1.04 million counterfeit goods items in 2009, according to Finance Ministry. The total amount seized was up 10.6 percent from the previous year.

86 percent of the counterfeit goods originated from China, followed by 6 percent from South Korea.

The most counterfeited good were replica purses, which accounted for 55 percent of all goods seized.

Source:  “Pirated goods halted by customs in 2009 top 1 million,” Japan Today, March 13, 2010.

The National Police Agency in Japan announced that there were 3,903 cases of marijuana in Japan in 2009.  The number of marijuana cases was up 74 from 2008, and was the fourth straight year of increasing.

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Source: “Cannabis cases hit a high in ’09,” Asahi, February 26, 2010.

Internet piracy in Japan lead to 400 million music files being pirated in 2008. During the same year, 330 million music files were legally downloaded on the Internet.

Source:  Rob Schwartz, “Japan To Tackle Music Piracy On Cell Phones,” Billboard.biz, November 20, 2009.

In the first 6 months of 2009, there were 1,446 arrests by security officials in Japan for marijuana related activities, a 21.3 percent increase from the year before.

Of the 1,446 arrested, 63 percent were people in their teens or twenties.

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Source:  Julian Ryall, “Drug conviction for Japanese singer reflects growing trend,” Telegraph, November 9, 2009.

Music piracy in Japan lead to 407 million digital music tracks to be pirated onto mobile phones in Japan in 2008. The number of pirated music tracks is up from the 399 million that was pirated in 2007.

Source: Rob Schwartz, “Japanese Govt Set To Crack Down On Mobile Piracy,” Billboard.biz, September 8, 2009.

90 percent of paper currency in the United States was found to have traces of cocaine on it, according to a study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

The cities of Baltimore, Boston and Detroit lead the way with the most currency found with cocaine. In the world, China and Japan had the lowest rate, with only 20 percent and 18 percent of their currencies found with traces of cocaine.

(More cocaine facts and statistics.)

Source:  AFP, “Cocaine traces found in 90 percent of greenbacks,” Google News, August 17, 2009.

Ecstasy from Canada is the biggest source of trafficking in Japan, followed by the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

(See how much ecstasy pills cost around the world on the black market.)

Source: “Illegal drugs: Canada’s growing international market,” CBC News, June24, 2009.