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Setagaya-ku is the number one garbage producer of Tokyo's 23 wards.
As of November 2006, Japan's jails held 71,500 prisoners. 5,312 inmates were foreigners (7.42%): 1,804 Chinese, 1,477 Korean*, 417 Brazilian, 385 Iranian, 146 Vietnamese, 115 Filipino, 95 Colombian, 738 other nationalities.
Fuchu Prison in Tokyo, Japan's largest jail, has 3,200 inmates of whom 550 are foreigners (17.18%).
*Koreans (Zainichi) born in Japan may be classified as Korean foreign nationals.
Source: The Daily Yomiuri
The number of foreigners charged under the Penal Code in 2006 was 27,459, a decrease of 16.9% from 2005.
Yakuza (organized crime) membership was estimated at 84,700.
Full-time members, 41,500; part-time members, 43,200. The first time ever part-timers have outnumbered full-timers since records began in 1958.
The top 3 yakuza crime syndicates are:
Yamaguchi-gumi (Kobe-based) approx 21,000 members
Sumiyoshi-kai (Tokyo-based) approx 8,000 members
Inagawa-kai (Tokyo-based) approx 5,000 members
Source: National Police Agency
There are 94 inmates on death row in Japan awaiting execution as of 31 December, 2006.
Japan's courts sentenced 44 people to death in 2006.
Source: Japan Justice Ministry
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