50 stores selling quasi-legal drugs shut down in Japan


A total of 50 stores in Tokyo and three other prefectures suspected of selling dangerous quasi-legal drugs have been shut down or will close soon, the health ministry said Tuesday.

They were among 129 stores in Tokyo and Aichi, Osaka and Fukuoka prefectures that were raided by authorities between Wednesday and Saturday, officials said.

Of the 50 stores, 28 have already stopped operations and 22 have given written pledges to cease operating.

During the raids, the authorities ordered 48 stores suspected of selling 542 drugs banned by the pharmaceutical law to undergo inspections and to suspend sales.

  • Peter Lööf

    Meanwhile, two of the most dangerous drugs of all (alcohol and tobacco) are sold legally everywhere.