In cooperation with foreign countries, Narcotics Agents make tireless efforts to further develop our expertise and capacity, to protect Japan from trans-global drug crimes.

Cooperation with international partners

Controlled substances are illicitly manufactured in various parts of the world and trafficked across the border. Once they reach final consuming market countries, their price rises to tens or hundreds of times as much as in their origins. Being one of the most lucrative markets where drugs are traded for very high prices, Japan is targeted by drug trafficking organizations from all over the world.

Under such circumstances, Narcotics Control Department strengthens intelligence sharing and coordinated investigation with law enforcement authorities from various countries, aiming to shut down illicit flows of controlled substances and disrupt drug trafficking organized crime operating internationally. Narcotics Control Department also contributes to ensuring coordinated international response to drug problems, including prevention of illicit diversion of precursors, by participating in the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the Meeting of Heads of National    Drug Law Enforcement Agencies for Asia and the Pacific (HONLEA), and various project meetings convened by, or in collaborating with, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).