Tag - customs



Japan Times
Nov 30, 2022
Japan customs offices to introduce smart glasses in bid to thwart smugglers
The smart glasses and accompanying technology will be used from February next year when checking cargoes to share images in real time with experienced officials at different locations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 3, 2022
Kishida agrees to defense deal with Thailand
The agreement would facilitate the transfer of defense hardware and technology from Japan to Thailand.
Japan Times
Mar 21, 2020
Tax agency bureaus in Japan on high alert for rise in consumption tax fraud
Tax authorities are preparing to act against a possible increase in abuses of a rule that exempts export transactions from sales levies following October's consumption tax hike from 8 percent to 10 percent.
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2020
Japanese customs authorities seized record amount of illegal drugs in 2019
The amount of illegal drugs seized by customs authorities hit a record in 2019 and topped 3 tons for the first time, government data showed Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 12, 2019
Canadian charged with smuggling record haul of stimulant drugs into Japan worth ¥1.8 billion
A Canadian man was charged Monday with attempting to smuggle about 30 kilograms of stimulant drugs through Narita airport, the biggest amount ever seized by Japanese customs authorities from a passenger's luggage.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 23, 2018
Couple arrested at Tokyo's Haneda airport for attempting to smuggle meth worth ¥1.8 billion
A 43-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife have been arrested at Tokyo's Haneda airport on suspicion of smuggling methamphetamine with an approximate street value of ¥1.8 billion ($16.7 million), police and customs officials said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 8, 2017
Japan may impose tougher penalties for gold smuggling, as rise in cases seen as 'tip of iceberg'
The government will consider stricter penalties for gold smuggling as attempts soar with offenders seeking to pocket the 8 percent consumption tax from transactions.
Japan Times
Mar 4, 2015
Japan blocked record number of imported fakes in 2014
Customs officers intercepted a record 32,060 cases of fakes and other items violating intellectual property rights in 2014, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.
Aug 17, 2014
Intransigent India
India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, has perplexed international supporters by torpedoing a World Trade Organization deal that would have reformed customs rules and made global trade much easier.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2014
O-chūgen: Hand-picked gourmet gifts courtesy of the postman
Even though the Japanese didn't invent the idea of exchanging gifts, they seem to be doing everything they can to convince themselves that they did. This is a culture, after all, that celebrates Christmas without Jesus, piles White Day on top of Valentine's Day, and has developed a whole species of cloth...
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2014
My niece, the drug smuggler
Imagine two New York Jewish women groomed among the stylish and well-educated on opposite shores of Long Island. They meet up in Tokyo for the first time. In a strange twist of fate, they are not sipping tea from fine bone china, as they might have back home. Instead they find themselves seated on opposite...
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2013
Training drug-sniffing dogs Narita customs officer's window on world
At a national training center near Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, Manato Kimura, 25, trains sniffer dogs to recognize the smell of illegal drugs and detect them hidden inside luggage at airports and seaports.
Jun 18, 2013
Quickies on bringing in psychotropics and bags, calling Japan, buying shoes
A variety of queries from readers have arrived at Lifelines over the last few weeks, so we'll address some of them in this column.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Aug 10, 2009
Beetle mania
August signals an onslaught of beetle wars in Japan, for both kids and grown-up kids.


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As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals