• Kyodo


A record 5,482 people were involved in cannabis cases in Japan last year, up 448 from the previous year and rising for the eighth consecutive year, with abuse of the drug seen mostly among young people, police said Thursday.

Offenders in their 20s or younger accounted for 70% of the total, with 2,823 of the individuals in their 20s and 994 age under 20, according to the National Police Agency data.

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