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Foreign Ministry official arrested over possession of stimulant drug

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Instead of "strengthening our discipline", how about "relaxing our demand to strictly adhere to rules and regulations in the workplace - including the ridiculous expectation that employees work 100 hours of overtime a month"?

Maybe then workers will experience less pressure and stress, and have a little more free time to relax and not need to turn to using stimulant drugs.

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I wish they would stop calling it a stimulant drug. Is it speed, cocaine or something else? He said he bought it online? That’s unusual! There is some joker always trying to sell drugs on Craigslist Tokyo, but I’ve akasys thought it was a trap (not that I use drugs). I’m going to guess it is speed because sudo-ephedrine is banned in Japan, which is why all Japanese cold medicine makes you feel worse.

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Who needs drugs with all the alcohol that apparently makes some people forget everything that happens because they were drunk at the time of said incident.:-/

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Do the hustle, quote: "which is why all Japanese cold medicine makes you feel worse." Don't exaggerate. Have you tried all cold medicines in Japan? There are some ingredients like codeine which are allowed over the counter here, and they certainly do make you feel better. Sssshhhh...

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nandakandamanda: which one??? Seriously I want to know the brand.

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There are some ingredients like codeine which are allowed over the counter here, and they certainly do make you feel better.

Yeah - I couldn't even get them to prescribe codeine for me.

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This is news ?!

Yeah it happens, sometime people take drugs, even when they’re in charge of stamping passports....

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...with the Hustle. Why ARE we afraid to identify the drug? At what level is it decided only a generic stimulant?

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DeDe Miura, each country has different laws, so it would be risky taking BenzaBlock for example back to the USA where dihydrocodeine is available only on prescription. In the article, the word 'stimulants' is used to translate the Japanese word 覚醒剤 Kakuseizai, a catch-all for uppers. A someone has said above, in Japan Kakuseizai generally indicates some form of methamphetamine or speed.

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nandakandamanda... name it. Your life will never be the same.

No malice intended here.

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YET he won't be fired..

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"Tanimoto was questioned after he moved away from a police car on patrol. . . "

Typical vague reporting. How is it that the police knew to arrest this individual in an area that any weekend night will have close to 100,000 people being fed, getting drunk and/or high and being "entertained"? And where were they in Kabukicho that a squad car could be driving? This individual, unless acting like a raving lunatic, which is not noted in the article, was probably set up. Otherwise, everyone knows that "moving away from a patrol car" passes as reasonable suspicion. Sheesh.

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benza block L plus contains pseudo ephedrine

ssbron is a cough syrup here that contains dyhydrocodeine, which is an opioid, it’s twice as strong as codeine and Burroughs liked it so it must be ok lol

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Stimulant drug...like caffeine (e.g. coffee, monster)?

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We don't want you to ruin your own life by using what we have determined to be dangerous drugs, so we will arrest you and ruin your life as a punishment. Don't you just love logic.

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J-cops stop people on the street especially in Kabukicho based on body reaction. Remember by law, J-cops can stop anyone for ID and even ask to search your belongings. You have to show ID, and the belongings part I'm not sure. You don't have to go with them if you are not being arrested, so just stand there non threatening. You have to wait them out. It is a war of attrition. They can only crowd you, but nothing else. They basically wait to see how you act when you see them. They call that probable cause. He looked nervous, and they engaged.

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Anyone know what this stuff is? its not mdma if he brought it online, that "bath salts" rubbish... anyone...

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It might be poppers. I remember a story a few years ago about a guy getting busted after buying some online.

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Instead of "strengthening our discipline", how about "relaxing our demand to strictly adhere to rules and regulations in the workplace - including the ridiculous expectation that employees work 100 hours of overtime a month"?

Me thinks you are a little confused here, this guy works for the foreign ministry, meaning he is a government employee.

In well over 3 decades of living here I doubt anyone can recall any case where a "koumuin" died of overwork, or even made any complaints either!

The typically work "normal" hours, so this guy would be one with little or no stress at all!

He gets paid by the taxes we pay, next time he better share!

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Standard procedure when you see a patrol car is to face in its direction, full face. Otherwise you are suspect.

i have mused about hiding my face just to see their reaction but then reconsidered, remembering that my undergarments were not sparkling new.

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stop wasting our time and fast forward to the suspended sentence

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come on admit it it's a foregone conclusion if no name talents and their family members can be arrested and released you know this guy's already got his get-out-of-jail-free card

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come on admit it it's a foregone conclusion if no name talents and their family members can be arrested and released you know this guy's already got his get-out-of-jail-free card

Maybe, but he just lost at life. Being fired and having a drug charge on your record is a career ender in japan. All because he wanted to intoxicatingly himself, which we all know is the evilest thing you can do (when your intoxicant is not on the allowed list).

In all seriousness, putting someone in jail for getting intoxicated is as useless as it is costly.

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an illegal stimulant drug

0.6 gram of the drug

I bought it online to use it for myself.

they found the drug

the banned stimulant

they suspect him of having used it.

I read this article twice and found no mention of what drug was it. This leads me to ask "Is it illegal to even mention a drug name/type? here in Japan?" There are many different "stimulant drugs" out there and just naming the type would make more sense to this article. Its like watching a movie with the main character is mute and invisible for the entire movie

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I tried to find out the drug in Japanese news, but they all just say 'stimulants'. The only thing I found that could maybe give an indication as to what drug is that one article said 0.6 grams of the drug was worth about 36,000 yen. Meaning 1 gram would be roughly 50,000 yen. I don't know drug prices though, so I don't know what that drug would be. I'm guessing either cocaine or meth/speed.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20181126-00000031-mai-soci

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The answer is in the replies above.

"In the article, the word 'stimulants' is used to translate the Japanese mass media word 覚醒剤 Kakuseizai, a catch-all for uppers. In Japan Kakuseizai generally indicates some form of methamphetamine or speed, just as we say 'speed'."

And BenzaBlock green pack contains dimethyl ephedrine and dihydrocodeine, so it's horses for courses, depending oin which country you are in.

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Another article that raises more questions than it answers. How did they come to suspect him? What was he doing in Kabukicho that day, if he scored online? And if he's stressed, why is he using stimulants rather than depressants?

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