Fugitive Japanese TV personality, actress and stripper Minako Komukai, 25, who is accused of buying stimulants, spoke with Japanese media for the first time after the allegations were announced earlier this month. “I’m not a fugitive or a criminal,” Komukai told a Shukan Post journalist, who flew to Manila and succeeded in arranging an interview with her on Feb 14.
Komukai also revealed that she is not afraid of getting arrested and announced her intention to return to Japan from Manila shortly. She also denied reports that she was pregnant, that had been rumored by several media sources.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police issued a warrant for Komukai’s arrest after a group of Iranian drug dealers were arrested in Tokyo and Komukai’s name was found in their customers’ list.
Komukai was found guilty of amphetamine possession in February 2009 and given an 18-month prison term, suspended for three years. She only worked periodically last year, mainly as a stripper and in a bondage film.
Despite active cooperation from the Philippines Bureau of Immigration, Japanese police have failed to arrest Komukai and are also urging cooperation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry to issue a passport confiscation warrant that would presumably increase pressure on Komukai. Police say that Komukai’s expulsion from the Philippines is only a matter of time.
Komukai was spotted in public by TV Asahi reporters in the Makati area of Manila on Feb 11, accompanied by an unidentified male. Expectations for her return to Japan fell after she canceled her flight to Narita on Feb 16. No one has heard or seen her since.
The four-page interview with Komukai is published in the March 4 edition of Shukan Post that went on sale Monday.© Compiled from news reports