The finance ministry says Japanese customs officers have confiscated a complete of 83 kilograms of hashish at seaports and airports throughout the first six months of this yr.
That is sort of triple the quantity seized throughout the identical interval final yr.
Officials say that smugglers are rising extra refined. Some tried to convey liquefied hashish inside bottles for hair styling merchandise.
Also, the variety of cannabis-related arrests has grown just lately, hitting document numbers prior to now 4 years.
And nearly all of these arrested had been of their 20s, which some say exhibits that younger individuals really feel much less hesitant about utilizing the substance.
The ministry warns that consciousness of the danger is declining as a consequence of misinformation on the Internet, comparable to claims that marijuana is protected.