Drug abuse is an almost non-existent problem in Japan and when drugs are used they are normally limited to stimulants. Japanese law enforcement authorities seek to control this problem by working extensively with their international counterparts and by imposing strict punishment on Japanese and foreign offenders. Traffic accidents and fatalities take up most of the emergency services’ time and resources.
The Yakuza are a group that has existed in Japan for over 200 years and the traditional Yakuza were similar to the samurai. Nowadays, Yakuza activities are being replaced by more modern gangs that depend on force and money. Nevertheless, Yakuza like to view themselves as defenders of traditional Japanese principles, sometimes forming alliances with right-wing groups and attracting frustrated youths to their ranks.