An international conference is being held in Tokyo for investigative agencies from around the world to share information on the crime situation surrounding illegal drugs and strengthen cooperation.

The international conference, which began on the 30th at a hotel in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, is attended by approximately 100 people, including executives from investigative agencies that crack down on illegal drugs in 28 countries and regions, including Japan, the United States, and China.

Yasuhiro Tsuyuki, Commissioner of the National Police Agency, opened the speech by saying, ``Drug and criminal organizations are one of the greatest evils to the international community.To fight and defeat our common enemy, we must work together to deliver a blow.'' "There is," he said.

According to the National Police Agency, as of November last year, 425 people had been arrested for smuggling drugs into Japan, an increase of more than 100 people compared to the same period a year ago, and 61% of these were foreigners. Ta.

The National Police Agency analyzes that this is partly due to the relaxation of entry restrictions that had been in place since the spread of the new coronavirus, and is working with related organizations to strengthen measures at the border.

During the meeting, it was also discussed that fentanyl, a synthetic drug originally used as a medical painkiller, is a serious problem, with approximately 70,000 people dying each year in the United States alone due to overdosing. Information sharing was also facilitated.

This meeting will be held until the 31st.