Japan crime syndicate members fall below 20,000 for 1st time in 2016

TOKYO-- The number of crime syndicate members in Japan fell below the 20,000 threshold for the first time in 2016, as gang groups are struggling to secure financing on the back of stronger police crackdowns and a growing civil movement to eliminate them, a national police report showed Thursday.

The figure dropped about 2,000 from a year earlier to around 18,100, the lowest since comparable data became available in 1958, the National Police Agency said.

The number of semi-regulars who are loosely allied with crime syndicates stood at around 20,900, according to the 2016 report, which for the first time comprehensively analyzed organized crimes including those related to drugs and firearms, and others perpetrated by foreign nationals in Japan. (PNA/Kyodo)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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