Ex-KAT-TUN singer Tanaka arrested again for drug possession, 9 days after getting suspended sentence


Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Thursday arrested a former member of KAT-TUN, an all-male idol group, on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law, just nine days after he was convicted and given a suspended sentence for a similar crime earlier this year.

According to police, Koki Tanaka, 36, was acting in a “suspicious manner” outside Kashiwa Station at around 10 p.m. Thursday, Kyodo News reported. Police did not specify what Tanaka was doing, but said that he tried to avert their gaze as they approached him.

Police said Tanaka had in his possession a plastic bag containing stimulants.

The arrest came after the Nagoya District Court convicted Tanaka on June 20 and sentenced him to 20 months in prison, suspended for three years.

In that case, after Tanaka checked out of his hotel room in Nagoya on Jan 30, around 0.164 grams of methamphetamine were found by a cleaning worker. At the time, he was in Nagoya for a live concert and was staying at the business hotel. He was arrested on Feb 24.

Presiding Judge Fumiaki Hiraki handed Tanaka a suspended sentence, saying the singer had shown regret for his actions, and urged him to seek help in order to stay off drugs.

Tanaka was a member of KAT-TUN from 2001 until 2013. He was arrested once before, in May 2017, for possession of marijuana but was not indicted.

© Japan Today

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

Perhaps a suspended sentence wasn't the best idea.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

Establishment people always get let off easy.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

Though illegal is illegal Japan not yet open for the drugs so yeah lock him in prison so he can learn from his mistakes.

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

And more likely than not, an average person would have been serving some time or rehab for doing what he did. Maybe Japan should start their own version of "Beyond Scared Straight." Prisoners may not bark at him or threaten him like they do in the U.S. but at least he can rough prison life can be.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

Sounds like he wanted attention

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

Obviously the guy has a problem.

Whether locking him up will do him any good is another question.

Sounds like treatment rather than imprisonment would be more appropriate.

6 ( +15 / -9 )

The hotel cleaner who found the tiny amount of drugs must have been a police snitch, likewise the rail worker who alerted the police that someone was acting strangely

4 ( +12 / -8 )

Absolute no hoper. Give him his full 20 month prison sentence at once. Pathetic individual.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

he tried to avert their gaze as they approached him

Nice. This could also be interpreted as submissive behavior to authority.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Or perhaps someone higher up as it in for him.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

So, breaching a suspended sentence should mean the sentence is carried out plus charges for the second offense. This drugo should be looking at 3-4 years in jail. Hopefully, his game will not save him from a full sentence.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

Police did not specify what Tanaka was doing, but said that he tried to avert their gaze as they approached him

Japn. media says the cracker was simply "averting their gaze", which they found suspicious.

Just wondering what you should do when you get a j-cop staring at you from their cruiser

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Lots of Japanese are getting into drugs these days.

As poverty spreads and prices go up its only gonna get worst.

-15 ( +7 / -22 )

Some posters here really keen to defend their Katun boy with their votes lol

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Finally, he really has an issue with drugs.

Or the police kept following him

0 ( +3 / -3 )

What about arresting the drug dealer? Looks like the ex singer is a good client since his total addiction, a drug dealer profit income flux for long term. I hate drug dealers!

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

A leopard never changes his spots.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

With the life the way it is in Japan, people need drugs!

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Just legalize all drugs, and as long as this guy isn't harming anybody else, let him enjoy his drugs in peace.

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Just legalize all drugs, and as long as this guy isn't harming anybody else, let him enjoy his drugs in peace.

Ask an American what meth does physically and mentally to people and communities. Legalising meth would be madness for Japan or anywhere. Completely different class of drug than say cannabis.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

@buchailldana I agree, I think he does have a problem. If he was arrested once before perhaps the judge should have sentenced him to a treatment center because he is an addict. I agree locking him up which they have done in the past did not solve his problem, the guy needs intervention treatment. On the other hand if Koki is a well known person as stated and he knew consciously what he was doing and had done in the past and had stimulants on him and the cops were near of course feeling uneasy would cause a “suspicious manner” perhaps they knew who he was after all what is suspicious manner? The police said "he tried to avert their gaze as they approached him". So does this mean you have to look someone in the eyes when they approach you and if you don't you are considered suspicious?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

He's like the junior high school kid who knows the teachers can't actually fail or punish him.

Seriously though, they gave him a suspended sentence despite multiple times breaking the law. The rule of law states that if another crime is committed during that suspended sentence, you do the full time. So... let's see if Japanese law has any teeth, or again we resort for the one rule for them, another for the rest of us.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Meth / Shabu is trash. Once you have been a user, you might as well be using heroin.

Obviously he either hasn't kicked it or doesn't want to.

He's going to need help doing so, or the next time you read about him will be the last.

Good luck buddy.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Who cares, everyone should just get a life and leave the person alone

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Japan doesn't like to imprison famous people.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

""an all-male idol group, ""

Why is it that every time I hear or read the "IDOL" my mind goes back 50 years or or so, only in Japan I still hear this BUZZ word, is it just me !?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

So why was he arrested in the first place? I thought the so called Idols, models, stars, elites, connected, are special and are untouchable!?

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Dunno this guy from Adam, but he’s obviously got an addiction problem. Gee, an addict that keeps taking drugs? Sure, lock him up!

I don’t suppose that the cops, being unhappy with the sentence (or looking for some press) targeted him?

This guy needs a treatment facility, not prison. If he were dealing. If he were abusing others. If he was a danger, I’d say sure, lock him up. But at this point, he sounds like an addict in need of help getting clean and staying sober.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Jeez you commentators are a empathy lacking lot.

He hasnt killed anyone , or upskirted a video {like some Police }....give the guy some understanding of how drugs affect the brain and human behaviour.

People with addiction problems {including alcohol, gambling, sex etc } seek out the source of their addiction.

But all I read on this forum is "punishment, punishment, punishment " which by the way, doesnt work.

How about "The quality of mercy is not STRAINED "

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

He’s a Trooper that’s for sure. He never gives up!


-1 ( +0 / -1 )

So He a Meth head. Sending him to prison will expose him to more connection and future contact when outside. Also he will beef him up big drug debt were only a "favour" will repay it or a server injury to himself or family on the outside will occur. Home detention with no visitor and a 24 guard pay at his expense for a 12 months period should be the punishment to all drug addict caught using again.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

With the life the way it is in Japan people need drugs

I strongly disagree .

Living and working in Japan is great and i have absolutely no desire or need to use drugs whatsoever.

However i would agree there are people that need to be medicated and receive counseling !

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Cannabis may not be a dangerous drug but legislation just leads to a stupefication of a nation.

Some people enjoy walking around in a daze with no memory or situational awareness.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Legalization not legislation

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Forgot locking him up, set up a sting.

Find out who the dealer is, if it's that big of a deal.

Clearly this fool isn't very bright, he won't know what's going on.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

People are so cold in this comment section, you should all get off your high horse!

This man needs help and treatment, many drug abusers are using to run away from adversity in their life. Suicide rates are unbelievably high in Japan for the exact same reason and it doesn't help if everyone is just judging each other.

Find some compassion!

This man is not a criminal, he's unwell!

I wish the man well and a full recovery, addiction is a dark place to be. I've seen it in many patients before, there are some that do recover and live a fulfilled life afterwards. Prison is not the answer.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Rose: i agree he not a criminal in the real sense. But what he is doing is encouraging criminal. I don’t agree he needs compassion. The judge 2 weeks prior showed compassion and It was abused. I don’t agree with prison time because that to will lead to more criminality. This bloke is a Addict. He sale his mother to get drugs. The best way to deal with this is for total isolation no visitors or family contact. He is wealthy enough to pay for a aparto in a rural area and a prison guard 24/7 for a prior of 12 months. He has to do his own cooking clearing etc: if cleaning fail weekly inspection a extra week is added to his home detention. Also cold Turkey, he didn’t need compassion. He needs to teach himself self-control. He is the only one that can do that. Do not show any empathy by encouraging statements of pats on the back. He need to know these goal are just normal that are givens in daily life.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

@finally rich

I always lock eyes with the J-cops as they go by-never been arrested….

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Just say NO!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites