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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Movie piracy in Japan caused losses of $658 Million to Japan’s film industry in 2005.


Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for methamphetamine with approximately 80 percent of all drug arrests in Japan involved methamphetamine.

Law enforcement officials estimates that there are 600,000 meth addicts and between 1 to 3 million casual users in Japan.

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According to Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes of Organs Watch,the biggest consumers of illegally traded organs are the Americans and the Japanese.



41 billion counterfeit cigarettes produced each year in North Korea and are then sold in China, Japan, and the United States.

Intelligence agencies estimate that the country makes between $500 to $700 million per year selling the illegal cigarettes.

Source: Richard Lloyd Parry, “An economy built on drug dealers, ivory poachers and counterfeiters”, The Times (United Kingdom), October 11,2006.


For the time period of January to June 2007, the National Police Agency in Japan seized 331,136 counterfeit items, a record for a six month period.  The total figure seized is already higher then the total number of seizures in all of 2006.

45.7 percent of the counterfeit goods were from China.

Source: Kyodo News, “Fake brand seizures hit new half-year high,” Japan Times, August 24, 2007.