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Sawajiri pleads guilty to illegal drug possession, says she won't return as actress

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I think somebody just wanted to milk her for 5 million yen. Seems a bit excessive, don't you think?

16 ( +22 / -6 )

0.08 gram of paper.......

How can they come to measure such a low amount? An eye can not see that

No threshold?

7 ( +13 / -6 )

She should move to the US. BTW, anyone with half a brain to understand science knows that neither MDMA or LSD are addictive like cocaine or heroin. MDMA can be and is used to treat PTSD and can only be efficacious again after a non use for a period of two weeks or so. The real danger of MDMA is using impure product.

15 ( +19 / -4 )

Can’t wait to see this on the news everyday for the next 2 weeks

9 ( +13 / -4 )

She should move to the US.

best post so far today

12 ( +16 / -4 )

I wish I could place a bet on her reinventing herself, making a full apology, doing some “great charity work” and making a comeback within 3 years.

I’d put the farm on it!

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Great another ""confession"" I see...…..

6 ( +10 / -4 )

I wonder how Japan is going to react when they see that US cities are overwhelmingly decriminalizing MDMA, psilocybin, and other non addictive substances as medical treatments. Probably turn a blind eye as usual.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

How can they come to measure such a low amount? An eye can not see that

As they mentioned the weight of the paper in grams, rather than the LSD dose in micrograms, you can infer that they used a scale. You could do that yourself, digital scales with 1/100th gram accuracy are available as cheap consumer products. The quoted weight sounds realistic compared to that of a whole sheet of LSD vs. number of doses per sheet.

And the eye is more than capable of seeing a single tab of acid. It would make it pointlessly difficult for the user otherwise, wouldn't it?

1 ( +4 / -3 )

This is ridiculous.

Just legalize all drugs and be done with it. Let people decide what they want to do.

5 ( +14 / -9 )

For the amount possessed hardly worth a court case, a ticket perhaps even then the time taken to write it, serve it that's the conundrum. She didn't steal, no violence, no property damage and untill now a successful career. So exactly where is the crime?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

As some of you have pointed out, there really is no crime here. The managers or agents that made money off of her were probably aware or should have been aware of her desire to get high. That would be the only crime, that those guys did not do their job in protecting her.

After she was arrested I had always thought that she should have come to the US too. She could have seen a psychologist or psychiatrist and been legally prescribed the ADHD drugs for adults. One would think that they would have a hard time convicting her of using a legally prescribed drug even if it was by an American doctor.

(ADHD medications approved for adults include methylphenidate; Focalin, Focalin XR; Concerta; Daytrana; Metadate CD; and the amphetaminesAdderall XR and Vyvanse.)

Too late now, though. What a waste!

7 ( +9 / -2 )

No harm, no foul. Let adults make their own lifestyle choices.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

move to a more tolerant place like Amsterdam, marijuana is legal in some USA states, I hear it's legal in DPRK too

10 ( +10 / -0 )

@macv yes your right and also de criminalized in many places around the World Guam has even gone full recreational now....Thailand as well for medicinal purposes..any if she want to do lsd and other things maybe she should have chosen to do it some where else than Japan not like she didn't have to money to fly anywhere she wanted to..stupid girl and what an absolute waste of a great talent..

1 ( +2 / -1 )

@sensei258

Do you understand what bail means? You don't lose the money unless you fail to turn up to court (like Ghosn)

3 ( +6 / -3 )

@hello, Refundable only if you put up the entire cash amount. If you go through a bail bondsman you have to put up 10 percent. That 10 percent is his fee and not refundable.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

0.19 grams of powder containing MDMA, 0.6 grams of liquid containing LSD, and a 0.08-gram piece of paper laced with LSD

Clearly a major drug dealer. How ridiculous can you get?

6 ( +9 / -3 )

No longer an actress....gee I wonder what she will do from now on to support herself?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

CEOB55

She should move to the US.

She can get help in US.

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/marijuana-rehab

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

I don't think she's the one who needs "help", rather it's the system which is out of touch.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Relatively small amounts which I thought wouldn’t warrant such a long prison term.

She has been charged with possession, at her home, just wondering how all that came about? Was it a drug search warrant?

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Toasted HereticToday  07:36 pm JST

I don't think she's the one who needs "help", rather it's the system which is out of touch.

Japanese laws apply in Japan. How silly some of that may be when compared to other countries is not relevant in a Japanese court.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Toasted Heretic:

I don't think she's the one who needs "help", rather it's the system which is out of touch.

Legalization does not solve addiction problems. When you or your loved one is having a problem with substance abuse, it is good idea to seek for help, legalized or not.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

More or less a foregone conclusion, I'd have thought...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Ideally, I prefer freedom of the individual to decide what we consume rather than nanny state government regulation. But this depends on us and whether we abuse our freedoms or not.

People in the US have more personal freedom but the nation is suffering a debilitating opioid and drug crisis. The situation is similar in my country.

Nations like Japan and Singapore are very strict and have very few such problems.

I don't know what the legal solution to the West is, but whatever Japan and Singapore are doing seems to work well for them and they ought to keep it up. Many lives will continue to be saved.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I'm just trying to think of any other career options where having experience of being a sulking diva could be an advantage.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Japanese laws apply in Japan. How silly some of that may be when compared to other countries is not relevant in a Japanese court

Good thing nobody was arguing it is relevant in a Japanese court or you’d have a point.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

I'm just trying to think of any other career options where having experience of being a sulking diva could be an advantage.

Only President's wife comes to mind.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

".....at her home in Tokyo on Nov. 16."

So, one of her so called friends got pinched and they dimed her out?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

"I don't plan to return as an actress," Sawajiri said after offering an apology.

In the news, she said that she felt she wasn't in a position and wasn't qualified (言う資格がない)to say she wants to return as an actress. My read on that is that she'd like to return if possible. If the rehabilitation is successful, no reason why she can't make a come back.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

"All of society should address this issue because individual resolve isn't enough."

What?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Confess to anything to get a suspended sentence.

Yea, Japanese justice at work.

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Chip StarFeb. 2  06:14 pm JST

Japanese laws apply in Japan. How silly some of that may be when compared to other countries is not relevant in a Japanese court

Good thing nobody was arguing it is relevant in a Japanese court or you’d have a point.

Next time please actually read before commenting. The "system" refers to the Japanese laws and judicial system.

Toasted HereticFeb. 1  07:36 pm JST

I don't think she's the one who needs "help", rather it's the system which is out of touch.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

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