/ Mar 5, 2015

Cases of quasi-legal drugs hit a new high

Police last year recorded 706 cases involving quasi-legal drugs, a more than five-fold increase since 2013. The figure represented an all-time high since comparable data became available in 2008. The surge is partly attributable to recent moves to tighten control over what officials currently ...

Tokyo Metropolitan Government sharing more data on quasi-legal drugs

Jan 12, 2015

Tokyo Metropolitan Government sharing more data on quasi-legal drugs

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has improved its mechanism for sharing information on “kiken” (dangerous) drugs to further its crackdown on the quasi-legal substances, which have been banned in the capital. The metropolitan government simultaneously sends data on ingredients found in such drugs to other ...

Sep 2, 2014

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 ...

/ Aug 2, 2014

'Dappo' drug cases up 151% in first half: NPA

Criminal cases involving dangerous “dappo” quasi-legal drugs surged to 128 in the first half of the year, up 151 percent from the previous year, the National Police Agency said. The number of people charged in the cases came to 145, up by 79, or ...

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

/ Jul 10, 2014

68 stores undergo 'dappo' drug checks in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday inspected 68 outlets known for selling “dappo” (loophole) drugs, which are not technically illegal but cause effects similar to illegal drugs. The inspections came after a revised ordinance took effect July 1 to prevent the abusive use of ...