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6 months past legal drinking age, actress Kanna Hashimoto reveals binge drinking

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By Ben K, grape Japan

On Feb 20, 2019, popular Japanese actress Kanna Hashimoto turned 20 and became a legal adult. In the last few years, she has been busy appearing on variety shows and dramas on TV as well as acting in films, many of which have been adaptations of manga and anime, such as "Assassination Classroom" (2015) "Gintama" (2017) and the upcoming "Kaguyama-sama: Love is War" (2019).

However, in the last six months, it would seem that the former idol and singer once described as "beyond angelic" has behaved in a somewhat less-than-angelic manner when it comes to enjoying her newly found liberties as an adult.

In her appearance on the TBS variety show 『櫻井・有吉THE夜会』(Sakurai Ariyoshi The Dangerous Night) on Aug 29, Hashimoto revealed she had been drinking every day since her birthday. At first, audiences may have imagined "a drink a day" but her manager revealed that her drinking was more serious than that.

Describing an episode on location in Germany, her manager said: "She went in (the bar) in the daytime and kept downing German beers until closing time."

Any hope that this was an isolated episode disappeared when Hashimoto casually described her own drinking habits, saying: "For me, a 'liver-rest day' is when I have about two drinks. Basically, I feel like drinking after I finish work."

This prompted actress and singer Wakako Shimazaki, 46, who was also a guest on the show, to exclaim: "Wait a minute, you're 20! I could understand if you were in your 30s but..."

In another part of the show, Hashimoto went to get her first-ever allergy test. Fortunately, her results came back negative for all allergies, but the report was far from rosy.

As it turns out, she had worryingly high levels of bad cholesterol. The doctor dispensed a harsh admonition to the young actress, saying that her lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits and heavy drinking were to blame. He then added: "If you continue like this, you'll run the risk of arteriosclerosis and suffering a stroke or a coronary infarction. Basically, you need to worry about the same things middle-aged men do in our society."

After viewing the footage, Hashimoto admitted to the hosts on the set: "I really need to change my unhealthy eating habits."

On Twitter, viewers were surprised and supportive.

  • "Kanna-chan, you're really busy so please rest properly when you're tired."
  • "You must have stress at work and alcohol helps to relieve that so it must be hard to give it up."
  • "I can't believe you have the same health concerns as middle-aged men..."

Fans who want Hashimoto to continue enjoying her active lifestyle and her flourishing career are understandably concerned for her health. Hopefully she'll make good on her promise to change her eating habits, not to mention her concept of a "liver-rest day."

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"Wait a minute, you're 20! I could understand if you were in your 30s but..."

The fine "logic" that the Japanese education system produces.

20 ( +23 / -3 )

This is shocking?

People that age group binge drink a lot.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

She couldn't wait to get started could she? This is normal for college age adults though. She's experimenting. Atleast she has good taste. German beers are the finest.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

6 months of drinking is not going to cause those issues. She’s been drinking long before 6 months.

Things like this are common in many countries when it comes to child stars. The stress, pressure, and lifestyle does this to them.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits and heavy drinking

They've just described 80% of the population under 30. Over 30 it applies to 80% of salarymen.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

"She went in (the bar) in the daytime and kept downing German beers until closing time."

I seriously doubt it given her size, unless she drank really slowly.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

I seriously doubt it given her size, unless she drank really slowly.

Some people can really tip it back. I used to drink with a girl when I was that age - 150cm, just a tiny little thing, but she kept up with me, who as roughly twice her weight.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

I want to party with her. Hell, I was binge drinking way before 20.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

And is this really news ? ! ..

Even if she drank herself into oblivion, nobody would care.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

Is this her attempt at changing her image from a pure as the driven snow idol to an adult talento? If so could have been much more extreme (Miley Cyrus).

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I saw her on tv last night, she looks like she gained weight, maybe due to alcohol? Either way, her parents better address this because only 20 and already addicted to alcohol is not a great start of her career.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

I really don't see why this is a big deal, even for an idol as beautiful as her. People will drink because they love to drink, regardless of their demographic. I remember getting my first taste of the sauce even before stepping into my teenage years and saw my friends getting drunk before graduating high school. But having that said, all in moderation.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

This one struck a little close to home. I'm a recovering alcoholic myself, and have (with the help of a short stint in rehab) been able to virtually quit drinking entirely. I hope she gets the help she needs. Drinking every day, especially to that extent, really holds you back, and when you get sober, it's like being released from a prison. It's liberating.

All the best to her.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

It says something if you can be a "former idol and singer" at age 20. Is 20 too old for singing?

Some people, Japanese women included, can soak up huge amounts of drink. You can't tell from appearances.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Things like this are common in many countries when it comes to child stars.

The old child star myth. Anything you can attribute to child stars you can attribute to complete nobody's too. And there are plenty of former child stars who can be held up as models of whatever you want to promote.

And then you got all the stars who only made became stars as adults and all their problems, real or seemingly invented by their managers. If I have seen any common thread among famous people its been an insatiable need for attention. Its why I take most of their "stories" with a grain of salt. If they have not been a victim, then they retiring. Only they don't retire. If they were not suffering with addiction then they are happily dating with or married to the love of their life. Only they break up two weeks later.

Yeah, so a presumed angel decided to live a little. I got over it before I even knew.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Why in the world is she admitting this on TV?

8 ( +8 / -0 )

She's 20. 20 is the legal age for drinking in Japan. She's decided she likes a drink. When people become adults, you've got to let them do adult things, make their own mistakes. In other countries, like mine, you're regarded as being able to make your own decisions on drinking when you're 18.

Like some other posters have noted, it's amazing how much drink some small girls can put away. A 19 year-old I used to drink with was one of the best scotch drinkers I've ever known (defining "best" as being able to drink without apparent ill effect) . I'm sure she's given it away by now.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

6 months of drinking is not going to cause those issues. She’s been drinking long before 6 months

She was on TV so had to act like she was doing things legally. Most heavy alcohol drinkers or smokers I know started in high school or jr high.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

At that age, it would be surprising if she didn't occasionally over do it.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

She only started drinking when she turned 20? We're not idiots.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Abbey - you cared enough to write a comment

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Everyone is basically fine and understanding with her harmful alcohol abuse, but, if she had mentioned she smoked comparatively harmless marijuana just once, the country would be up in arms; her TV, film, and CM contracts would be cancelled; and all of her previous products pulled from the shelves.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

If she is really binge drinking she should try something stronger than beer.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

@Jalapeno I think you are highly confused about what Abbey cares about. I suggest its not her drinking, but perhaps people wasting time, spirit and energy worrying about the fake or real antics of celebrities.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Let her binge drink whilst she's still young!

I used to binge drink at that age myself. But as I've grown older my drinking habits have eased up to the point where I usually have 1 drink a day. But that drink would be 1 glass of wine with the wife as we wind down for the day.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Chip StarToday  06:46 am JST

"Wait a minute, you're 20! I could understand if you were in your 30s but..."

The fine "logic" that the Japanese education system produces.

Priceless comment!

I'd been binge drinking for a good 4 years by the time I turned twenty so this is not shocking in the least Wonder if she could hang drinking Colt 45s and Olde English quarts like back in NYC in the 1970s. Wouldn't mind downing a few with her to find out. Do your thing, girl!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Abbey and Norman - really sorry about that. Totally misread the meaning. I shall perform penance by forcing a couple of German beers down my throat after work.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

They've just described 80% of the population under 30. Over 30 it applies to 80% of salarymen.

Dis,

You know no one cares about salarymen...….unless the cheques stop coming in!

Hell happoshu & all that crap was INVENTED to keep the masses smashed on the cheap to keep them sedated!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Who cares?

2 ( +5 / -3 )

The drinking habits set in younger age can set the patterns for the entire life. Binge drinking is a very serious problem. Not drinking more than three times a week in small moderations.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

But having that said, all in moderation.

That tired old cliche about drinking and moderation... But if alcohol wasn't bad for you,there wouldn't need to be any.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Alcohol abuse knows no boundaries. It can affect people of every age, male or female.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

A real shame. Hopefully she is helped and does not become a role model to anyone. This is what happens to weak people when they feel themselves a "celebrity"...

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I would love to have a drinking binge with her. party on..we only live once and now is the time to do it..no regrets..

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

I have issue with the cholesterol connection. I’m 54 and drink way too much. Beer generally, occasionally sake or scotch. Been binge drinking for 40 years. However, every time I have my cholesterol checked they ask me if I’m a vegetarian because it’s so low. I really don’t think it’s related.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Keep it up & you’ll end up like John Belushi, but with her, the substance abused is alcohol.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Ms Hashimoto needs to discover that there are equally pleasurable pastimes....

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Eat, drink and be merry.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I think it's all perspective. In London, we have a joke about Californians: 'In California, one drink and you're an alcoholic' . The point being, if you drink six pints in London you... 'like a drink'; however, if you have one drink in California, 'you're an alcoholic'. Obviously, this is very unfair to Americans but the point is, every country has their own perspective on drinking. To me, she 'likes a drink'. It doesn't mean she's a raving alchy. I'm half Irish, brought up in London so I also used to 'like a drink'. I'm now into my 40s and still here. Nowadays, I prefer a cup of tea to a beer to be honest! Storm in a tea cup for me.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

 Some people, Japanese women included, can soak up huge amounts of drink. You can't tell from appearances.

I don't know your appearance and maybe you don't binge so often, but for this girl, I agree with Shimazaki, her eyes look as if she was already 30.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

important international news NOT

0 ( +0 / -0 )

And then when she wakes up one morning with some guy she doesn't recognize...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Before I came in Japan for first time, I was thinking that most of the JP people (especially the JP girls) are not heavy drinkers (mostly because I've read somewhere that their liver can't process the alcohol very well) and as a result they get drunk very fast, from a few drinks.... BUT After 3 years here, not everyday but being out in pubs, izakaya etc quite regularly (not specifying anything ) I am surprised to get to know what is the reality... They have veeeery delish alcohol and cheap too! Not to mention easy to drink, which also makes you go again and again... Not surprised at this news AT ALL...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

In the end let’s hope Kanna can go well, and recover, I don’t want to see her suffered get anytime soon. I know Kanna deep inside can do it.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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