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Former Toyota rugby player pleads guilty to cocaine possession

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Former Toyota Verblitz flyhalf Ryota Kabashima pleaded guilty on Thursday to possessing cocaine in his first court appearance in the case.

"There is no mistake (in the indictment)," Kabashima, 28, said as his trial opened at the Nagoya District Court's Okazaki branch.

Another player from Toyota Motor Corp's Top League rugby team, 36-year-old Steven Yates, was also indicted in July over possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Prosecutors sought an 18-month prison sentence as the trial concluded Thursday, saying Kabashima "was using it once or twice a month during the off season from around three years ago after being recommended by Yates" and "the addiction is clear."

Kabashima's defense team requested a suspended sentence, stating "there was no addiction as he was not using it during the season, while his purchase route was limited to Yates too."

The court is due to hand down a ruling on Sept 26.

Kabashima was indicted in July over possession of about 1 gram of cocaine while in a taxi on April 10 in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.

He was fired by Toyota a day after his indictment on July 10 and was released on bail of 2 million yen the following day.

Toyota suspended the team's activities after Kabashima's arrest in June and training will not resume until November.

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Kabashima "was using it once or twice a month during the off season from around three years ago after being recommended by Yates"

Blame the non-Japanese. That should work.

and "the addiction is clear."

That is definitively not how addiction works. Then again, Japanese doctors don't even know the correct usage of antibiotics.

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What does it matter? He's famous so there will be no charges. Nothing to see here

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That, or fast forward to a suspended sentence. Six of one half a dozen of another

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there will be no charges

There will be no charges for the charge he his pled guilty to. Um. How does that make sense?

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fast forward to a suspended sentence.

Um, yeah, just like everyone else. Why should he be treated differently?

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The prohibition on drugs is a waste of our tax yen. Its amazing it continues in this country of people who cannot even drink alcohol because of a genetic issue. They deserve some chemical pleasure too.

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Sadly typical logic in most parts of the world: the addiction is clear, so lock him up like the low-life scum he is. Any possibility that he may be suffering psychologically at some level, and in need of help, is just too much trouble to consider.

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@sensei258 "He's famous"

No, he isn't. I'd never heard of him, had you?

He is a grass / narc though who sang like a canary. If all this is true, the guy Yates is a complete idiot, as is this fellow. Dumb and dumber.

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8Today  06:52 am JST

“What does it matter? He's famous so there will be no charges. Nothing to see here”

What have you been smoking? Here’s a big hint from the article that there were indeed charges brought: “as his trial opened”.

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Its all Yates fault.  Poor innocent guy was mislead.  And he has pled guilty.  slap on the wrist is all.

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Doing a bump a couple of times a month is not an addiction any more than having a drink a couple times a week is.

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And if I read between the lines, they've been busted because a taxi driver has spotted the evidence in Kabashima's wallet.

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Doing a bump a couple of times a month is not an addiction any more than having a drink a couple times a week is.

But cocaine is not on the list of approved intoxicants, and therefore should be avoided, instead staying within the list of approved intoxicants.

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Kabashima "was using it once or twice a month during the off season from around three years ago after being recommended by Yates" and "the addiction is clear."

Kabashima's defense team requested a suspended sentence, stating "there was no addiction as he was not using it during the season, while his purchase route was limited to Yates too."

So what? Once, Twice, Three times a lady. Off-Season, Pre-Season, Mid-Season, Post-Season. The point is he was in possession and snorting lines!

BYE Felicia!

And I really like how they are throwing Yates under the bus. Eh, Kabashima is a grown ma, (I guess at 28.....) so he can make his own decisions. No one had a gun to his head. Blame the person in the mirror.

Maybe if I actually cared about rugby, I might have sympathy for anyone in the story. But since I don't, throw them both in jail.

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@Trapped: it’s not reading between the lines, that’s exactly what happened and has been reported in the news. The Japanese player stupidly put the coke in his wallet and proceeded to leave his wallet in the back of a taxi. The wallet got found by the taxi driver and, of course the taxi company grassed him up to the cops. The cops then did their 23 day interrogation and, of course the Japanese player grassed up the Kiwi, Yates.

Despite his teammate being busted, Yates didn’t bother to get rid of his coke and weed then, a week later got busted himself. A couple of complete morons living in a country full of tell-tales, narcs and grasses.

The part of this story I don’t get is the Japanese player admitted being addicted to cocaine (even though he said he only did it once or twice a month in pre-season) but his defence team said he wasn’t addicted.

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**I misread. It was the prosecutor who claimed addiction.

Unless that’s a translation error, that’s just complete nonsense.

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But cocaine is not on the list of approved intoxicants, and therefore should be avoided, instead staying within the list of approved intoxicants.

Good advice if read one way, complete slave mentality if read another. I suggest the entire rule book needs to be rewritten with personal freedom in mind.

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Good advice if read one way, complete slave mentality if read another.

It's both a realistic appraisal of the current situation, as well as a condemnation of it.

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Thanks Stewart Gale. I'm glad my theory was more or less correct. I don't have so much info available.

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@Norman Goodman

The prohibition on drugs is a waste of our tax yen. Its amazing it continues in this country of people who cannot even drink alcohol because of a genetic issue. They deserve some chemical pleasure too.

Let us decide what is good for our society. We have laws 'in this country" and they were enacted for some reason. So what if we have genetic issue, does it give us an excuse to expose ourselves to a "lesser evil of drugs"?

I was mostly flabbergasted by the way you pointed out that "The prohibition on drugs is a waste on our tax yen". What can you say about the recent Opioid Crisis in the U.S. to state one case? That's a fairly legal drug, but who shoulders mostly the rehab expenses if they are still alive, and the some funeral expenses when they passed away? I surely don't want to waste my tax yen on that sort of thing. In most instances, preventive measures are less costly than corrective measures or damage control. Men have so much freedom already that they do not realize how to exercise it wisely.

Back to the news, both men are equally liable and should be convicted if proven guilty, period!

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