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Japan Customs ill-equipped to handle surge in cruise passengers

Situation ripe for drug and gold smugglers to take advantage of a soft spot

Cruise ship passengers are inundating Japan Customs' capacity to handle them. One day this spring, agents in Yokohama had to handle 20,000 arrivals. (Courtesy  Yokohama Customs)

TOKYO -- With more cruise ships calling at the nation's ports, the influx of passengers has highlighted Japan Customs' acute manpower shortage.

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