The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced Yuya Takahashi, 39, the youngest son of actress Yoshiko Mita, to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for five years for possession of stimulants.
Takahashi was arrested on Sept 9 on suspicion of using stimulant drugs. It was his fourth arrest on charges related to illegal stimulants.
The court heard that he admitted to using the stimulants (called kakuseizai in Japanese) between late August and Sept 9 when he was arrested following an altercation with another person at a Shibuya bar, Fuji TV reported. Police were called and Takahashi was arrested after a urine test showed traces of stimulants in his system.
Takahashi was previously arrested for possession of stimulants three times between 1998 and 2007.
After his arrest, his mother released a public statement in which she said: “I am sincerely sorry for the trouble my son has caused over this incident. He is suffering from schizophrenia and had been trying hard, such as visiting a psychiatrist. However, with this latest incident, I can only say how terribly disappointed I am.”
The statement also said: “As a parent, I currently feel overwhelmed by my lack of ability. In addition, Yuya is almost approaching 40, and I strongly believe that he needs to take full responsibility and be determined to atone for his crimes henceforth.”
In handing down the court ruling, the presiding judge told Takahashi: “You have to think about how to create an environment day by day which will help you avoid using stimulants.”© Japan Today