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High court rejects appeal by entertainer Tashiro in drug case

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A Japanese high court rejected Wednesday an appeal by entertainer Masashi Tashiro asking for a lighter sentence over use and possession of illegal drugs.

The Sendai High Court turned down a claim by the 63-year-old and upheld the lower court ruling, in which he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, six months of which were suspended for two years with probation for rehabilitation purposes.

"He once again touched illegal drugs. He has a deeply rooted affinity and addiction," Presiding Judge Hiroshi Akiyama said in handing down the ruling, citing how the comedian has several previous drug convictions.

The judge dismissed the case put forward by Tashiro's defense lawyer that his client should be allowed to return to society and mend his ways there instead of being in prison.

Akiyama said the district court, when it handed down its decision, had "taken into account Tashiro's motivation to reform his ways."

According to the ruling, Tashiro possessed illegal stimulants and cannabis at his condominium in Tokyo's Suginami Ward on Nov. 6, 2019, and used the stimulants around the same day.

Tashiro debuted in show business in the 1980s as a doo-wop singer with The Chanels and later became known as a comedian.

Following a series of arrests for illegal substances, he was involved in activities to raise public awareness about drugs and the difficulty of recovering from addiction, appearing on television to speak on the topic.

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In Japan, you really have to make an effort to become addicted to anything besides tobacco and alcohol.

Tashiro proved he was up to the task. Good job!

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Another black eye for government and its witch doctors who refuse to follow the science of addiction and instead "rehabilitate" with prison instead of patient care. Dark Ages, indeed!

7 ( +13 / -6 )

Taxpayer money lavished for prosecutorial manpower and incarceration because a celebrity "touched" a substance he shouldn't have, harming no one but possibly himself.

Meanwhile, valuable stimulus money in a crisis is being siphoned off to cronies of Abe and Aso and Dentsu for GoTo and Abenomask boondoggles.

Which would have done the Japanese public more good to prosecute?

10 ( +14 / -4 )

What a silly appeal for a lighter sentence. He should get no sentence at all and the meddling, power trippers wasting his time should serve his sentence in his place! Leave the man alone!

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Who was harmed by his actions? How was society harmed by his actions?

4 ( +10 / -6 )

People here are appalled but should realize how lucky his sentence is as a repeat offender. A regular joe would be seeing harder times.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Two and a half years for possession of cannabis and stimulants. That is harsh, by Western standards anyway, for a man who was harming no-one else but himself, if indeed he was harmed at all.

"He once again touched illegal drugs. He has a deeply rooted affinity and addiction," Presiding Judge Hiroshi Akiyama said in handing down the ruling"

And two and a half years in jail will help him how?

Will he actually serve such a lengthy sentence? Does the Japanese justice system allow time off for good behaviour or some other reduction of time served in cases like this?

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Either he's a lost cause or he's not getting the help he needs.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

That is harsh, by Western standards 

Japan has nowhere near the drug problems of western countries. Maybe this is part of the reason?

0 ( +6 / -6 )

That is harsh, by Western standards

Other countries are legalizing weed.

Watta retrograde punishment.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Other countries are legalizing weed.

other countries have to legalize weed otherwise everyone would be a criminal.

Japan? It’s a non-issue.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

^^^ only because the locals can be so fastidious about following the law.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

^^^ thanks for making my point

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

""Masashi Tashiro asking for a lighter sentence over use and possession of illegal drugs.""

Just think of all the people with their kids who watch your shows Mr. Tashiro , how dare you to even consider using drugs again, lucky living in Japan, in other nations will be handed the death penalty.

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Why do drug addicts think that everyone should take care of them over a choice they made.

I just don't understand it, the rest of us go on with our daily routines but then we are being asked to care and carry the load of other who are more privileged and in many cases are USELESS to society.

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Just think of all the people with their kids who watch your shows Mr. Tashiro

He's been banned from Japanese TV for 20 years now. Do keep up.

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