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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Counterfeit auto parts in China causes Toyota to lose an estimated $210 to $320 Million (20 to 30 Billion yen) a year.

Rival car maker Hyundai reported losing around $200 Million to fake parts from China as well.


According to a report by the Associated Press, there are currently 22 groups across Japan that are considered organized crime syndicates.  Total membership of all Yakuza gangs in the country is estimated at 80,000 people.

The largest groups in order are the Yamaguchi-gumi, the Sumiyoshi-kai, and the Inagawa-kai.


in 2008, Japanese Customs handled 26,415 cases of counterfeit goods, an increase of 16.6 percent from the year before.  It also marked the seventh straight increase in the amount of counterfeit goods seized during the year.

81.5 percent of the counterfeit goods originated from China, followed by 12.4 percent of goods from South Korea.



Organized crime groups in Japan earn about $21 Billion a year through various black market activities such as prostitution, illegal gambling, loan-sharking and stock manipulation.

(More statistics about the Japanese Yakuza.)


17 Japanese tourists were reported to have spent $87,000 each to receive kidney transplants illegally in China.

See all prices on the black market for organs and kidney transplants.


Counterfeit goods of Japanese products created losses of $75 Billion in 2002.

(Losses to businesses from counterfeit goods.)


The illegal drug trade in Japan generates an estimated $9.3 Billion a year.


Illegal fishing off the coast of Japan lead to more bluefin tuna being caught then reported. Japan officially under-reported $6 Billion worth of bluefin tuna over the course of 20 years.

(See all information about illegal bluefin tuna fishing.)


Security experts and anti-trafficking organizations estimate that up to 100,000 foreign women are being brought into Japan each year by human traffickers.

Most of the women are forced to work in the prostitution industry in Japan.

(See the latest facts about prostitution.)


Between January and June 2007, a half-year record of 331,136 counterfeit goods were seized in Japan.