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 ...

Jul 6, 2014

'Dappo' drug car crash injures three in Tokyo

A car driven by a motorist allegedly under the influence of quasi-legal “dappo” drugs crashed into other vehicles in Tokyo’s Kita Ward on Sunday, injuring three people. According to Metropolitan Police Department officials at Akabane Station, the car, which had stopped at a red ...