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The number of rightwing extremists arrested by police in the first half of this year jumped about 30 percent to reach 1,017, up 232 from a year earlier and exceeding the 1,000 level for the first time since the National Police Agency began keeping records in 1994, the agency said Thursday.

The number of members of extreme rightist groups committing crimes has increased recently, especially in blackmailing and drug trafficking and use.

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