A 37-year-old man was arrested under the Cannabis Control Law on Monday, accused of growing marijuana plants on the roof of a branch of a cram school in KitaNagoya City, police said Tuesday.
Kazuomi Fujiwara, instructor and manager of the Nishiharu branch of the Nodajuku cram school chain, is accused of growing six plants in a suitcase found on the rooftop of the school. Police searched the school on Monday after receiving an anonymous tip-off that Fujiwara was growing marijuana plants.
Fujiwara has admitted to the allegation, saying that the marijuana was for personal use and he started growing it hydroponically on the roof in summer last year. He said that the door to the roof had a lock and that students could not access it. He also told police he had been smoking marijuana since he was in high school.
The Nodajuku cram school chain is well-known in Aichi Prefecture, having 53 schools there. The Nishiharu branch has 130 students, ranging in age from fourth-grade elementary school to third-year junior high.© News reports