Police on Monday night arrested pop singer Aska for using stimulants. It was his second arrest in two years for illegal drug use.
In 2014, Aska, of the duo Chage and Aska, was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for four years for possession and usage of the illegal stimulant drug methamphetamine.
Aska, 58, whose real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki, called police last Friday night and complained he was being secretly filmed, Fuji TV reported. When police arrived at his home in Tokyo's Meguro Ward, they found Aska incoherent and slurring his speech. Police said the singer voluntarily provided a urine sample that tested positive for methamphetamine.
More than 100 reporters and photographers swarmed outside Aska's house on Monday night, as he was taken to a police station at around 9 p.m.
After receiving his suspended sentence in 2014, Aska said he would never again use illegal drugs. At the time of his trial, he told the Tokyo District Court that he first started using the synthetic drug MDMA in England in 1994 and that he has been regularly using stimulants since 2010, Fuji TV reported. He said that he often worked late at night and early in the morning, writing songs, and that he started taking drugs to help him keep awake.
Aska was arrested in mid-May of 2014 at the apartment of a female acquaintance, Kasumi Tochinai, then 37. Police said they had been investigating drug use by Aska since January of that year. After arresting Aska, police searched his Tokyo apartment and found 90 MDMA pills, white powder believed that was ground MDMA, as well as a urine test kit.
Meanwhile, Kyodo News reported that Aska wrote on his blog Monday afternoon in response to media reports saying he may be arrested again for drug use, that the reports were "wrong" and he was very "surprised" by them. His fans responded with mixed reactions to his posts, with some saying, "That is a lie, isn't it?" and "We believe in you," while one wrote, "You betrayed us again."© Japan Today