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Ex-Morning Musume singer Yoshizawa admits drinking more than 3 cans of ‘chuhai’ before hit-and-run

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Hitomi Yoshizawa, 33, a former member of the Japanese pop group Morning Musume, who was arrested on Sept 6 for driving under the influence of alcohol in a hit-and-run incident in Tokyo, has admitted she drank more than three cans of chuhai (fruit-flavored alcoholic cocktail) before the incident.

According to police, Yoshizawa drove through a red light at around 7 a.m. in Nakano Ward and hit a female cyclist in her 20s, who was flung into a male pedestrian, injuring him. Yoshizawa kept going, but called police about 15 minutes later and returned to the scene.

Police said that Yoshizawa told them she drank three canned cocktails, but on Wednesday, it was learned that she has since confessed to consuming more alcohol than she initially stated, Fuji TV reported. Furthermore, a breath analysis detected the former idol singer to be four times above the blood alcohol limit for driving after her arrest.

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I have magical powers of forseeing the future ......Suspended sentence (surprise)

12 ( +14 / -2 )

She won't do any time in the slammer but her "career" is finished. Hopefully her husband has a job. It's been good knowing you hitomi.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Very informational stuff here! But what I want to know is what will happen to her as far an the "law" and her "fame".

This chick was 4X above the blood alcohol limit for driving, hit a woman on a bike who was flung into the air and into a guy, which injured him, kept going, but called police about 15 minutes later and returned to the scene.

Because if it were you or me with 1 can of beer in our system........need I say more? Farless for an attempted vehicular manslaughter, causing bodily damage with a deadly weapon and all the rest? If I did all that, I'd be LOST in jail because I'm not famous. This has to stop.

MichealBukakis:

I have the same powers! I can see bowing, tears and then nothingness.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

she drank more than three cans of chuhai 

drove through a red light at around 7 a.m.

I would say it's otherwise known as a breakfast of champions but she clearly needs help.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Alcohol and after seeing the video I strongly suggest she was looking at her phone and not the road. Ran a red light obviously didn't see the pedestrians, and ran.

But she is "famous" and "cute" so the Ministry of "who do you know" will no doubt recommend a suspended sentence suspended and apologise for the inconvenience.

Wish I knew a celebrity I'd go nuts.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

her cute days long gone... I hope she goes in for like 10 years

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Lock her up!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I’m glad the video is now being shown on TV - maybe it’ll shock some sense into people.

Pedestrians and cyclists account for more than half of traffic deaths in Japan - about 2000 people killed every year by car drivers. People need to understand that driving is a privilege not a right -and the ramifications of carelessness and irresponsibility.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

There will be ZERO punishment. Even if she gets suspended from musical activities, her fan-pity tour will start, with fans holding signs saying "Ganbare!", she'll be on variety shows and cry, and then within the year will be back to normal.

Will she be made to pay for her crimes where normal citizens would pay through the teeth? Compensation-Wise, probably. Otherwise, no. She definitely won't do time in the slammer despite the 'very strict' drinking and Driving laws, and the fact that she fled the scene, then on top of that lied to police.

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There will be ZERO punishment. Even if she gets suspended from musical activities, her fan-pity tour will start, with fans holding signs saying "Ganbare!", she'll be on variety shows and cry, and then within the year will be back to normal. 

Will she be made to pay for her crimes where normal citizens would pay through the teeth? Compensation-Wise, probably. Otherwise, no. She definitely won't do time in the slammer despite the 'very strict' drinking and Driving laws, and the fact that she fled the scene, then on top of that lied to police.

How dare they do these things in your mind that you made up that hasn’t actually happened. How dare they. Absolutely pathetic.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

I could see at least a few charges:

Hit and run.

Driving under the influence.

Leaving the scene of a crime.

Running a red light.

Speeding.

Hitting a couple of pedestrians.

Failing a breath test.

Do I hear more? I'd say she's going to the nick.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

The video is here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZe9UhvIFs

The top rated Youtube comments make "is that what Tokyo/the city is like?" quips.Number four unsurprisingly compares it to China.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Strangerland: "How dare they do these things in your mind that you made up that hasn’t actually happened. How dare they."

What's made up? She drank, drive, hit a cyclist, ran, then lied to police. We know you often stick up for criminals -- especially saying they're not guilty if they have mental issues -- but where is any of what I said made up? You haven't seen people outside of the courtrooms of célébrités on trial carrying signs cheering them on before? Maybe missed the article on how a celebrity's son was caught for the FOURTH time with stimulants, or how baseball legend Kiyohara received no prison time for the same? Nori-P's support for her comeback, with fans blaming it all on bullying and her husband?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Smith, it’s not uncommon for even “ordinary” people to get a suspended sentence for simple possession or use of drugs in Japan. I know several people who have.

However given the circumstances of this case (multiple victims), and the dash-cam video going public, I don’t think she’s getting off easy.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Thanks for the video link Kohakuebisu.

But why is the right turn filter showing and people are crossing at the same time?

That doesn't make any sense and just asking for an accident to happen.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

But why is the right turn filter showing and people are crossing at the same time?

Because cars are supposed to turn right, not plow straight into a green pedestrian light.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Turn right after or before the crossing?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The video clearly shows the right arrow filter is on. So why are people crossing? We don't have this confusing nonsense in the UK

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The cars are supposed to cross right before the cross walk. That light is on the far side of the intersection.

the angle of the video is not wide enough to show, but this happened at an intersection.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

OK. Got it. Thanks

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Drinking alcohol for breakfast? The woman needs help for her addiction, as well as a suitable punishment for the crime.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Can’t understand. She drunk the night before or morning? Japan has some of the stupidest drink driving laws, but some Japanese just need one can of Chuhai to be drunk. Where I come from and my body, 1.5 bottles of champagne is drunk. But in my country, two small glasses of wine in the first hour with food, and one every hour for 3 hours is totally acceptable.

the main problem is she didn’t stop. 8 years.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

In Europe she would get her ass kicked so badly by the police she'd never think of doing it again. Why didn't they get a blood test done on her? Once you're a felon, with a criminal case, you don't have the right to oppose the test.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Nice to see the other pedestrians stop to help them out......

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Why are people crossing on the don't walk sign? There is a car speeding through the light, don't people look before they cross anymore?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Why are people crossing on the don't walk sign? There is a car speeding through the light, don't people look before they cross anymore?

fatboysosa-Like a lot of people here, when it comes to common sense, they're just one sided. I definitely know from experience and so do a lot of my foreign friends. I always teach my kids to always look both ways before crossing. Unfortunately, an in-law relative of mine didn't do this according to the police report of her accident and she paid the price. She was bright and a very nice and considerate lady.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

What's made up?

All of this:

There will be ZERO punishment. Even if she gets suspended from musical activities, her fan-pity tour will start, with fans holding signs saying "Ganbare!", she'll be on variety shows and cry, and then within the year will be back to normal. 

Will she be made to pay for her crimes where normal citizens would pay through the teeth? Compensation-Wise, probably. Otherwise, no. She definitely won't do time in the slammer despite the 'very strict' drinking and Driving laws, and the fact that she fled the scene, then on top of that lied to police.

You know, none of this stuff that has actually happened anywhere other than in your own head, and now in these comments.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Chu hai will kick you in the A$%. I do not drink it.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

kohakuebisuSep. 14 12:28 pm JSTThe video is here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZe9UhvIFs

The top rated Youtube comments make "is that what Tokyo/the city is like?" quips.Number four unsurprisingly compares it to China.

I've just seen the video. In broad daylight too! She'll probably get off because of her fame and money.

It's the same problem in the USA. Some years ago as a woman who crossing a multi-lane street to go to a hotel after seeing a concert by the band RUSH in an outdoor amphitheater, this rich teenager was drunk driving, hit and run and she killed the concert attendee. She got only two years suspension on her driver's license. She moaned she was 'very sorry'. MONEY TALK$, and that's a crime!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

“More than 3” cans = 4, 5, 10?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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