Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Narcotics Control Department to strengthen cooperation with countries stationed in Hong Kong via smuggling

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Narcotics Control Department resides in Hong Kong to strengthen cooperation with countries November 15 at 11:17 p.m.

In the rapid increase in the smuggling of illegal drugs, it has been found that the Narcotics Control Department of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has started overseas assignments of staff to strengthen information gathering and resides in Hong Kong. Our main goal is to deepen cooperation with law enforcement agencies in each country that sends staff to Hong Kong.
Most of the illegal drugs, such as stimulants distributed in Japan, were smuggled from abroad, and nearly 600 people have been arrested for their suspected smuggling last year.

While anti-smuggling measures have become an important issue, it was found in interviews with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare that the Narcotics Control Department of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has started overseas assignments of staff and has been resident in Hong Kong as a consul since last year.

Hong Kong is said to be a stopover for illegal drugs smuggled around the world, and more than 10 law enforcement agencies, including the United States and Australia, are stationed there.

The main purpose is to deepen cooperation with law enforcement agencies in each country and the authorities in Hong Kong, and to obtain the latest information related to smuggling into Japan through information exchange.

In Japan, despite a series of large-scale smuggling cases in recent years, the trafficking price at the end of stimulants has not changed significantly, so there is a possibility that a large amount of stimulants that escaped arrest continue to be smuggled.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Narcotics Control Department has decided to strengthen information gathering overseas and promote measures against smuggling.