Members of Crime Syndicates in Japan Fall below 20,000 for First Time (News)
Tokyo, March 16 (Jiji Press)—The number of regular members of crime syndicates in Japan as of the end of 2016 fell 10% from a year before to some 18,100, slipping below 20,000 for the first time since 1958, the oldest year for which data are available, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.
Total members, including associates, decreased 17% to about 39,100, the first drop below 40,000.
The overall number has been gradually declining after peaking at some 180,000 in 1963.
In 2007, the Japanese government announced guidelines urging businesses to sever ties with antisocial forces. By 2011, ordinances banning the supply of financial benefits to crime syndicates and their members went into effect across the country.
"It's getting harder for crime syndicates to procure funds," a senior NPA official said, pointing to large effects of the ordinances.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]