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8 people arrested for use of illegal drugs in open-air live concert in Gunma

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Police on Sunday arrested 8 people aged between 17 and 40 for using illegal drugs during an open-air live concert called “Rave” held in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture.

Masaki Shigeta, 24, and seven other people were arrested for allegedly using illegal drugs, including cannabis and MDMA. Police said they received tip-offs that drugs were being taken at the event.

According to police, the event was held from Saturday night with about 400 people in attendance.

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Man, what a drag that must have been for the ravers.

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Was it "Rave" or a rave?? Man, you JT writers sure are hip!

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Why is only one out of 8 people named. Is he something special?

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yeah, he said he was Jesus.

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"Rave"

"The Craven Ravers" would be an excellent name for a rock band!

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The cops needed a tip-off to learn that drugs might be used at a rave? Hmmmm well done guys. Well, done indeed.

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Speaking of cannibis, where's the story on Russian maegashira Wakanoho losing his wallet with his gaijin card and some funny green weed in it? Busted!

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No really, where is the story on cops snooping through the Russian's wallet? This happened back in June, you could pretty much bet on this story never making the light of day if said wrestler were Japanese.

Incidentally, I once lost my wallet in a similar fashion. But they didn't rummage through it, cos I'm not a foreigner dominating the local sport. Not that Wakanoho is dominating himself specifically, but foreigners are, and well everybody is lumped in to that outside basket. Still all one has to do is mention the bashing and death of the teenager, and a little perspective is restored.

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"cannabis"

Wakanosho busted for ONE JOINT! Hell, couldn't he have said somebody put the joint in his wallet after he'd dropped it? It would be his word against the cops! After all he wasn't in possession of it because the cops had his wallet. Hey, somebody COULD have put that joint in his wallet after he'd dropped it. It would have to have been a real weirdo, I admit, but...

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Sarge, 大麻 is cannabis? I watched the story on the TV but did not know what 大麻 was. Hahaha, the sumo wrestlers should give doping tests too.

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They should take a lesson from how it's done in America. If no one is getting hurt or going nuts the cops stay off to the edges of the mob and ignore the haze of weed smoke.

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Cut with other drugs? Come on, stop perpetuating the myths Nicole. Sure, sometimes, people have been known to mix it up with some other stuff like coke or opium, but that's a rarity. Most people just like to have a little after dinner joint now and again. Helps people relax and stuff in a far more non-toxic way than alcohol. A lot of other things are going to kill you first, like taking a bite out of a razor blade stuffed 7/11 burger or a nice mochi ball. And they certainly don't cut pot with anything, not like coke with baby powder, or speed with arsenic, or whatever fear and ignorance-based myths have been passed around by the "Just Say No" crowd. It just isn't worth it. Furthermore, to draw a parallel, I used to eat tomatoes, but nowadays they are growing them hydroponically using all these whacked out chemicals and lighting systems. Those tomatoes are now just way too juicy and red for me to think its right for me, or any others for that matter, to eat.

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Those tomatoes are now just way too juicy and red for me to think its right for me, or any others for that matter, to eat.

Tried smoking them?

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Tip-off, my ass. The cops just wanted to flex their weak mussels on some kids dancing. Seems if you are young you are evil.

These kids are in a semi-controlled environment doing light weight drugs. Who cares.

I wish the police would come by Tamagawa River on a Sunday afternoon and give breath tests to people who passed. Wouldn't that be better seeing they are driving cars.

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Tried smoking them?

Dude, I had Mountain Dew coming out my nose on that one! Funny!!!

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Well, i think we can say good-buy to absolutely awesome psychedelic scene in Japan. Sad sad indeed. last chance for the young and not so young crowd to get away from this idiotic world. hopefully they will find the moron who tipped off police and ruined the fun for 8 or possibly more innocent ravers.

having said that, i looked through mixi and couldnt find what event it was. hope they leave the gathering alone.

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hopefully they will find the moron who tipped off police and ruined the fun for 8 or possibly more innocent ravers.

The "moron" here are the 8 (or more) dope fiends who broke Japanese law. The person who alerted the authorities did his/her part to make Japan a better place to live for everyone.

RR

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The "moron" here are the 8 (or more) dope fiends who broke Japanese law. The person who alerted the authorities did his/her part to make Japan a better place to live for everyone.

This is such load of rubbish it makes me want to puke. These people were not causing anyone any harm. They were in an isolated territory. They would smoke their stuff, relax, sleep it off and go to work on Monday morning. Now their lives are messed up because some low life weasel decided to be a "hero" and make Japan a better place. Where I come from snitches like that are getting lynched in worst possible way. Can you answer this: With these young folks in jail how is Japan a better place? Perhaps you could tell me this: 1. how them being high on marijuana is making Japan any worse? 2. How these folks being high on ecstasy is making Japan any worse?

Can I finally see some educated opinion coming from you rather than useless propaganda about how drugs are bad and Japanese laws are good?

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RomeoRamenII,

Why just the other day I felt Japan get better, now I know why: eight people who were doing the devil's weed on the opposite side of Japan were whisked off to jail and had their lives ruined so they can't finish school or get a good job and contribute to society. They will always be labeled Drug Addicts and will have a difficult time earning a living; perhaps turn to crime?

OR, a judge will throw out their case as be too shameful given their offense and they can get on with their 'normal' Japanese lives (toeing the line, being gaman etc.)

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This was at the Full Moon Party in Minakami, Gunma. Here's the website: http://www.splift.com/Fullmoon2008.html

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no warning notices?. whom supplied the drugs?.

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There is a huge warning notice on the site. http://splift.com/Fullmoon2008.html

Attention! ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES ARE NOT WELCOME AT THE FULLMOON PARTY. PEOPLE FOUND USING ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES WILLBE REPORTED TO THE POLICE! 大麻・覚せい剤を使用していると疑わしき者は警察に通報します。 絶対に使用しないでください。 ダメ!絶対!

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When people who are so anti-pot accept the reality that alcohol causes way more problems for individuals and families that pot ever has or ever will and start calling for the criminalization of alcohol - then I'll listen to what they have to say. Until then they're just hypocrites talking out of both sides of they're mouth.

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criminalization of alcohol

they already tried that. i think pot and booze can coexist.

as a matter of fact, i think by criminalizing drugs governments are doing more crime than good. think of world with no drug lords and organized crime with goverments making more money from taxes resulting in sales of drugs...

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nisegaijin: Yes, I am aware of the utter nonsense and failings of Prohibition and as far as I'm concerned the "war on drugs" is about as ridiculous. Legalize them, tax them, control them. There will always be those among us who need a fix. For some coffee will be enough for others the occassional drink and yet others prefer a different kind of escape. I see absolutely no reason why alcohol should be legalized and pot should not. I for one, would much rather be around someone who was high than someone who was drunk. Drunks are very often violent and unpredictable. Potheads are usually too mellow to cause much trouble.

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