Crime Okinawa Regional Customs Exhibit Of Confiscated Items

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Fortunately, with the hard work and efforts set forth by Okinawa Regional Customs, the drug, and even gun trafficking, is to a minimal. I want to hope at near-zero, but, I'm keen to believe some still slips through, as it does everywhere.

There's a quint, quick and free exhibit Naha on the 3rd floor of the pinned location below. It has a display of not only guns and drugs confiscated, which of course are replicas, but counterfeit goods as well.

By the time you enter the museum, you will see several showcases of confiscated items, whether on the way in or way out of Okinawa, halted due in part by the Washington Agreement (also known as CITIES, or, "the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species").

One showcase, the first one in particular to the far left as you walk in, caught my eye. Inside, there are fake Louis-Vuitton handbags right next to the real deal. I'm no expert in luxury items, so to my naked eye, I could not tell the two apart.

Here are some bogus Pokemon toys.

While they only display one or two items, they do come in waves. And by that, container loads.

I was told on my visit there that the remainder of the items caught in port is thrown out.

Then, we have the guns. This gun was hidden in a book cutout and attempted to be flown in by airplane before being caught.

Illicit drugs also flew in, appallingly. In this instance, a man brought with him 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs) of a stimulant inside his intestines.

Drugs, guns, counterfeit, and unlicensed goods aren't the only items that make it to Okinawa. In December 2015, there was a private plane that tried to sneak 112 kg (247 lbs) of unreported gold into Okinawa. That shipment caught as well.

There are several detection methods that Japan Customs uses to catch items, such as this detector.

But, there are also several inhouse secrets they wouldn't share, for security reasons, of course.

Nonetheless, it's great to know that there are people actively keeping Okinawa safe.

For more pictures from the exhibit, be sure to visit the gallery.
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My favorite thing in the exhibit wasn't an item, rather, the informational posters.

I'm more interested in finding out what happened to the 112 kilograms of gold. If the owner could prove legitimate ownership, and they were just trying to evade taxes, would Japan seize it all or just tax it?

Gold in December 2015 was worth $34,000 per kilogram. With about 120 yen to the dollar at the time, it would've been about 460 million yen, or in the 45% income tax bracket.

Would they have just charged a 45% duty and a fine of 5%, seizing half, and call it a day? :oops:

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