Between January and June, police arrested 1,390 persons for marijuana-related crimes, an increase by 221 (or 18.9 percent) over the same period in 2016.
Persons in their 20s accounted for the largest number of arrests (557) while persons in their 30s came in second (457). The number of arrests of persons under 20 zoomed up to 156, a jump by about 60 percent. Just over 70 percent of those arrested were first-time offenders.
According to the NPA, many purchases are being assisted by the internet or brokered at clubs.
Over that same period, the number of arrests for the cultivation of marijuana rose by 2 to 54. Meanwhile, the number of smuggling cases roughly doubled to 49.
As well, police seized 50.4 kilograms of the drug in dried form, 20.2 kilograms as resin and 14,111 plants.
The National Police Agency revealed on Thursday that the number of arrests for marijuana-related crimes surged by nearly 20 percent over the first half of the year compared to 2016, reports the Nikkei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)
A new party led by Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike has unveiled policies it dubs “Yurinomics” that aim to revitalise the economy and cut reliance on fiscal spending and monetary easing, seeking to distance itself from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s more aggressive stimulus measures. (Japan Today)
Six people were found dead after a fire engulfed an apartment in Ibaraki Prefecture early Friday morning, and a 32-year-old man who claimed to have deliberately started the blaze turned himself in to police. (Japan Times)
Law enforcement her on Thursday revealed the arrest of the manager of a popular ramen shop in Taisho Ward for the possession of marijuana, reports Mainichi Broadcasting System (tokyoreporter.com)
Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his book “The Remains of the Day,” has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. (the-japan-news.com)
The sale of old manhole covers by a city north of Tokyo has attracted many buyers amid the growing popularity in the metal lids featuring designs inspired by local landmarks and specialties. (NHK)
Google and LINE have announced that they will each launch AI speakers that handle the Japanese language. (NHK)
Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have started what they say is the world’s first clinical trial of medicine found through iPS cell studies. (NHK)
Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, revealed Wednesday that a female reporter in Tokyo died due to overwork in July 2013. (Jiji)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers said on Wednesday that tests showed levels of E. Coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and fecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than agreed at the planned venue for marathon swimming and triathlon. (Japan Today)