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  • INTERPOL Tokyo
  • Member since :
    August 1952
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National Police Agency for Japan


Arrest and extradition of international fugitive

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) supervises and controls the police activities of 47 Prefectural Police Departments and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The NPA is composed of 7,700 officials, comprising 1,900 police officers, 900 Imperial Guards and 4,900 civilians.

The NPA is headed by a Commissioner General who, with the approval of the Prime Minister, is appointed by the National Public Safety Commission (NPSC), a state body which holds the rank of Ministry of State, guarantees the neutrality of the police, and administers the NPA.

NPA duties include:

  • Dealing with natural disasters, emergencies and civil unrest;
  • Tackling organized crime;
  • Vehicle and road administration;
  • Assisting in international crime investigations;
  • Imperial Guard (protection of the Japanese Imperial families);
  • Police training;
  • Police communications;
  • Criminal identification;
  • Inspection.


The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Japan is part of the Organized Crime Department of the NPA’s Crime Investigative Bureau. Made up of seven units staffed by about 50 officers, and located at the NPA Headquarters, INTERPOL Tokyo is responsible for all domestic investigations requiring outreach with the law enforcement agencies of the INTERPOL member countries.

Cracking down on transnational crime

INTERPOL Tokyo works closely with all INTERPOL member countries in preventing and investigating transnational crime and in having fugitives arrested.

In an effort to tackle the globalization of crime, INTERPOL Tokyo actively cooperates with overseas law enforcement entities in exchanging key information.  The NCB has the capacity to do this through INTERPOL or via diplomatic and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) channels.

Because international criminal organizations such as the Pink Panthers and Bakusetsudan perpetrate their crimes on a global scale, INTERPOL Tokyo works with partner law enforcement agencies across the globe, carrying out active transnational operations with INTERPOL member countries when the need arises.

INTERPOL Tokyo regularly hosts international conferences for the benefit of the INTERPOL community, especially with its partners in Asia and the Pacific.

INTERPOL Tokyo in action
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
03 September 2015

Japan INTERPOL Purple notice brings arrest of two international jewel thieves

TOKYO, Japan – As a result of the worldwide circulation of an INTERPOL Purple Notice, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested two Chinese suspects on 20 August at Narita Airport for stealing just months earlier a diamond ring valued at USD 170,000.Footage from a Tokyo jeweller’s security camera enabled the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB)...
18 December 2012

INTERPOL and NEC sign partnership agreement to enhance cyber security

TOKYO, Japan – In a bid to strengthen the global fight against cybercrime, INTERPOL and Japan’s NEC Corporation today signed a partnership agreement which will see NEC provide the world police body with vital assistance in developing core elements of the Digital Crime Centre being established within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore....
15 December 2012

Law enforcement plays a crucial support role in nuclear safety and security, INTERPOL Chief tells Fukushima ministerial conference

KORIYAMA CITY, Japan – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has underlined the essential role of law enforcement in supporting those responsible for nuclear safety and security, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.Speaking at the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear safety (15-17...
08 August 2012

INTERPOL operation leads to arrest of mastermind of multimillion Euro car smuggling ring

LYON, France – The suspected mastermind behind a global car smuggling ring, estimated to have trafficked luxury and sports vehicles worth around EUR 6 million since 2009, has been arrested following an INTERPOL-coordinated operation.The Russian national was taken into custody in Venice, Italy following INTERPOL’s Operation Eastbound which coordinated the...

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