Japan Drug-News!

By Spucky · Aug 13, 2009 · Updated Dec 6, 2009 · ·
  1. Spucky
    The last Day`s my Cat spend on a tiny Japanese Island and looks TV. every evening.
    The Case is a famous J-Pop Idol and the Medias reported more than 150 hours already :confused:

    The recent headline-making police search and arrest of actress and pop star Noriko Sakai shocked fans both at home and abroad
    and cast a harsh spotlight on "kakuseizai," or stimulants, which she and her husband allegedly used.

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    Sakai has left the building: Surrounded by reporters, a police car carrying pop star Noriko Sakai, who was arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal stimulants,
    exits the Shibuya Police Station in Tokyo on Sunday.

    Sakai's husband, Yuichi Takaso, 41, was arrested Aug. 3 in possession of the drug, which is derived from either amphetamines or methamphetamines.
    She and her 10-year-old son apparently disappeared the same day, although the boy was later found at the home of an acquaintance.
    A search later turned up a small amount of stimulants at Sakai's home in Tokyo's Aoyama district.
    Her husband lives at a different location.
    Kakuseizai is the most commonly available illegal narcotic in Japan.[​IMG] According to the National Police Agency,[​IMG]
    about 80 percent of people recently arrested for alleged possession of drugs were carrying stimulants,
    although the number of marijuana users is also rapidly increasing.
    In 2007, 12,211 people were arrested in connection with stimulants, 2,375 for marijuana and 47 for opium.
    (This Numbers are so low, so damned low! edit by Spuckyswim)

    Kakuseizai is widely available and has a history of being used for medicinal purposes during the war,
    according to the Drug Abuse[​IMG] Prevention Center. Workers in arms factories used methamphetamines, sold under the name of Hiropon,
    to ward off fatigue.
    After the war, stockpiles of stimulants kept by the disbanded army were sold on the black market to the public.
    1954 saw 55,000 people arrested for abusing stimulants, according to the center. The Diet enacted a law to ban stimulants in 1951.

    Sakai holds up a picture of her husband, Yuichi Takaso, during a news conference to announce their marriage in December 1998 in Tokyo.

    The drug can be diluted and injected or smoked, making the user feel alert and confident;
    it can create feelings of euphoria during sex.
    But once the high wears off, fatigue, irritability and severe depression can follow.
    That can create a powerful craving for the drug. "Users feel like they can do anything after taking stimulants,"
    said a spokesman for the Drug Abuse Prevention Center, adding that under the influence of the drug, "the pupils dilate,
    then breathing and heart rate become elevated."
    Regular use of stimulants can result in hallucinations, paranoia and delusions, and an overdose can be fatal, according to the Narcotics Control Department of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.
    Stimulants and other drugs are becoming more available. "it's becoming easier to obtain drugs,
    " partly because of the Internet.
    The NPA[​IMG] reported that 55 percent of the people recently arrested for alleged possession of stimulants were on their second offense.
    Over half are gang members.
    Police say cell phones and the Internet make it easier for ordinary people to get illegal drugs.
    "In the past, people had to contact gangsters, but now they can find drugs through the Internet,
    " the drug prevention center spokesman said.
    Police are still investigating how Sakai, who once appeared in an ad warning against drug abuse,
    and her husband obtained the stimulants.
    Before her arrest, Sakai had been missing for six days. Police found 0.008 grams ( :eek: !!! Scandalo) of stimulants at her home on Aug. 3.
    A urine test[​IMG] she underwent after her Aug. 8 arrest turned out negative for the drug,
    but that doesn't mean she didn't take the drug, because it usually takes about a week for traces of the drug to disappear after its last use.
    Sakai was missing from Aug. 3 to 8, raising speculation that she may have been hiding until she could pass a urine test.
    The spokesman for the drug prevention center said the stimulant would not be detectable in a urinalysis in Sakai's case,
    but it can be detected in her hair.
    According to police, dozens of straws and pipes apparently used to inhale the stimulant were seized at Sakai's home,
    and a DNA sample taken from the items matched hers.
    Sakai's 30-year-old brother has also been arrested in connection with drugs.


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  2. Spucky
    AW: Japan Drug-News!

    Sakai offers tearful apology to fans after being released on bail

    Friday 18th September, 06:28 AM JST

    [IMGL="black"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=10757&stc=1&d=1260072258[/IMGL]TOKYO —
    Former pop idol Noriko Sakai, indicted for possession and use of stimulant drugs, offered a tearful apology to her fans both at home and abroad
    in a press conference Thursday, shortly after her release on 5 million yen bail from a Tokyo police cell.

    ‘‘To my fans in Japan and overseas who have supported me till now, and the people in my agency who have worked for me
    ...I am truly, truly sorry,’’ the 38-year-old Sakai said at a brief 10-minute press conference packed with more than 500 media personnel.

    ‘‘The drugs were what a decent person must not get involved with...
    I couldn’t get over it because of my weakness,’’ Sakai said. ‘‘How can I pay for the crime from now?
    First of all, I’ll repent my sins and I swear, as a lifetime pledge, that I’ll never have a hand in a crime like this.

    ‘‘I know very well that I won’t be able to regain trust from you all soon because of what I did
    ...but I just want to work hard each day trying to reform myself with the feelings of remorse and rebirth,’’ she said.

    ‘‘I’ll try not to ever forget these feelings and would like you to give me advice however harsh it might be.
    I will be straightforward to listen to you and I’ll take a new step forward,’’ she added.

    Wearing a black suit and occasionally wiping away tears with a handkerchief,
    Sakai was flanked by her lawyer and an executive of the management company she had been
    with before being fired last month in her first public appearance since her arrest on Aug 8.

    Yet Sakai did not answer questions from reporters, ahead of the first hearing of her trial set for Oct 26 at the Tokyo District Court.
    Her lawyer said she will be hospitalized at Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku to receive ‘‘treatment’’ and ensure privacy from the media.

    Her drug use came to light after her husband, 41-year-old Yuichi Takaso, was arrested for drug possession on Aug 3.
    Sakai then went into hiding but surrendered to police nearly a week later.

    Sakai was first indicted on Aug 28 for possessing stimulant drugs at her home,
    and prosecutors brought an additional indictment last Friday for smoking them on July 30 at a hotel on a southern Kagoshima Prefecture island,
    to where she traveled with her family to see a solar eclipse.

    Her management company and record labels dismissed Sakai shortly after the first indictment.

    Sakai, known by her nickname ‘‘Nori-P,’’ debuted in 1986 in a TV drama and released her first record the following year.
    Her popularity expanded overseas in the early 1990s to places such as mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    After marrying in 1998 and giving birth to her son in 1999, Sakai changed her image to that of a good mother in a happy family.
    In 1993, she appeared in an event promoting campaigns against drug abuse.
    Takaso was freed on bail on Wednesday.
    The two are prohibited from meeting unless lawyers are present.

    Edit by me: The Japanese Head-Media`s spend more than 1.000 Prime-Time Hours on this case already!


    ps. Is it right what i done here?
  3. Spucky
    AW: Japan Drug-News!

    Celebrity drug offenders face public humiliation

    What is it about this country, and its media, that makes people think they can justify turning drug offenders into public spectacles?
    That’s the question Hiroshi Morisu poses in Shukan Kinyobi (Sept 18).
    Morisu, a 61-year old author and self-professed gambling professional who hails from Ishikawa Prefecture
    and is now based in Australia, uses the term “sarashi-mono,”
    a relic of the Edo-period penal system when perpetrators of certain misdemeanors were bound with straw ropes and put on public display—
    with the specifics of their offense posted on a placard as a warning to others.

    Morisu has been fuming since entertainer Noriko Sakai set off a media feeding frenzy after the Tokyo prosecutor charged her
    for having
    0.008 of a gram of stimulants in her possession

    Normally in Japan, a suspect with such a small quantity is subjected to “shobun horyu” (punitive detention up to a maximum of 23 days)
    and then released.

    But politicians and the “intelligentsia” have asserted that when celebrities such as athletes and entertainers use drugs,
    this can pose “major social repercussions.”
    “Are you people out of your minds?”
    shrieks Morisu. If you’re looking for negative “social repercussions,” one need look no further than the politicians and bureaucrats who have institutionalized a system that “circulates tax money.”

    Rather than antisocial behavior by athletes and entertainers threatening “repercussions,”
    Morisu is convinced it is this lackadaisical tolerance of authoritarianism that reflects the stupidity of Japanese society.
    People have short memories.
    Up to 1945, use of stimulants to “enhance concentration” was heartily endorsed by the government and dispensed to troops before they embarked on suicide attacks.

    The drug was sold over the counter under the brand name “Hiropon,” said to be derived from the Greek
    “Philo-pon” (philo = to love + pon = work), i.e., a person who loves to work.
    Then in 1951, it was abruptly banned as being inconsistent with people’s “well being,” and suddenly,
    the “patriots” who obligingly took the drug at their government’s urging, found themselves downgraded to pariah status.

    Today, asserts Morisu, stimulants stand out as one of only two worthwhile inventions from Japan that have become adopted on a worldwide scale—
    the other being dotted condoms.
    In the interim, Japanese have conveniently forgotten the original purpose of the drug;
    its ban now serves as a benchmark to determine who is,
    and is not, acquiescent to the laws handed down by the eminent authorities from above.

    So then, Morisu asks, what possible purpose is served by putting Sakai on public display?
    More’s the point, have the journalists who lambasted Sakai ever experimented themselves—if not with stimulants then with other illegal substances?
    If the answer is no, they’ve picked the wrong line of work and should get out journalism as quickly as they can.
    They’re not cut out for it; people so lacking in curiosity don’t belong in the world of journalism.
    Indeed, Morisu opines, such journalists may very well exert a far worse influence on society than those whose only crime was to indulge in illegal substances.

  4. Spucky
    AW: Japan Drug-News!

    Police to arrest actor Oshio on suspicion of giving drug to woman

    Saturday 05th December, 01:28 AM JST

    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=11935&stc=1&d=1260008946[/IMGL]Police obtained an arrest warrant Friday for actor-singer Manabu Oshio, who has been convicted of using the synthetic drug MDMA,
    on suspicion that he gave the drug to a woman who died at a Tokyo apartment in August while staying with him.

    Oshio, 31, was sentenced at the Tokyo District Court in November to one and a half years in prison,
    suspended for five years, for using the drug.

    During the trial, Oshio said the woman, Kaori Tanaka, 30, gave him the drug.
    But police suspect Oshio obtained drugs from someone other than the woman and gave it to her at the apartment on Aug 2 so they could take the drugs together.

    Police are also investigating the possibility of charging Oshio with
    negligence over the death of the woman.

    According to police investigations, Oshio was aware something was wrong with the woman around 6 p.m. on Aug 2
    and her condition took a sudden turn for the worse at 6:30 p.m.

    Oshio called his manager, saying she had not regained consciousness and the manager arrived at the apartment about 40 minutes later and called an ambulance at 9:20 p.m.
    At the time, Oshio was in a separate room in the same apartment building.


    (Banzai, Banzai, Banzai!!!)

    Dear Swinys, never ever do Drugs here, please get drunk like our Prime-Minister!
  5. Alfa
    Please fix this thread, so that it is according to the news instructions.
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