Washington International Law Journal


Mark Alleman


Japan's Firearm and Sword Possession Control Law was amended in 1993 and again in 1995, partially in response to changing firearms confiscation demographics. In the past, most firearms were confiscated from members of organized crime groups, and the Japanese viewed firearms largely as a danger related to organized crime. However, confiscation statistics suggest that firearms are moving into the hands of the general population, increasing the risk firearms pose to public safety in Japan. In response to this trend, Japan amended the Firearm and Sword Possession Control Law in 1993 and 1995 by adding add new crimes, more severe punishments, provisions on the mitigation of sentences for the surrender and submission of contraband, and provisions on new investigative techniques.

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