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 ...

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 ...

Sep 20, 2013

Crimes linked to quasi-legal drugs triple in first half

Police dealt with 51 criminal cases linked to quasi-legal drugs in the first half of the year, according to official data from the National Police Agency. The number of cases is up 3.2-fold compared with the first half of 2012, reflecting tighter regulation of ...