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Trial of former KAT-TUN member Taguchi, partner on drug possession charge to begin July 11

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The trial of Junnosuke Taguchi, a former member of Japanese all-male idol group KAT-TUN, and his partner Rena Komine, who were both arrested last month for possession of marijuana, will begin on July 11, according to the Tokyo District Court.

Taguchi, 33, and Komine, 38, who faces the same charge, each posted bail of 3 million yen on June 7 and were released from a police station in Tokyo.

According to the indictment, Taguchi and Komine, a former actress, had about 2.2 grams of marijuana on May 22 at the Setagaya Ward apartment they shared. The Narcotics Control Department also confiscated some smoking paraphernalia -- rolling paper and a grinder -- from the apartment.

Both Taguchi and Komine have admitted to allegations against them, according to prosecutors.

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I guess they were caught because some of the neighbours did not like the smell from the apartment.

Japanese society (and law) is very slow at adapting to world trends so these two will need to show they are very very remorseful and understand their mistake. Showing you understand the mistake is insisted daily by management in corporations throughout Japan when things don't go as planned. It will be interesting to see if this is the same with their case.

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What a complete and utter waste of time and resources, prosecuting someone for cannabis.

Feels like the dark ages.

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Stop wasting our time. We all know this ends in suspended sentences. Especially since some celebrities get repeated suspended sentences for worse types of drugs

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Stop wasting our time. We all know this ends in suspended sentences.

Probably. As with the majority of first time drug offenses in Japan.

It's ridiculous that drugs are even illegal, but if they're going to be, then good give them a suspended sentence. Don't waste the people's resources imprisoning someone for a mental health issue.

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What a complete and utter waste of time and resources, prosecuting someone for cannabis.

Feels like the dark ages.

Yes, what a pointless waste of time and money. A token fine and suspended sentence is enough.

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National news for 2.2 grams of pot? Or, is it just the fact they were celebrities that is the news? C’mon Japan! It’s 2019, not 1819.

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The hardliners want to make a point of showing Japan does not tolerate marijuana. When the rest of the world is going in the opposite direction, they need to double down. Maybe in a generation things will change.

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Celebs here never learn.

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Isn't kneeling down in public and apologising showing remorse enough. Isn't admitting their guilt enough. No trial, just a fine is enough.

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As a tax paying resident of Japan, I'm disgusted that my taxes go towards paying for this sham. It's utterly ridiculous.

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