“I noticed something was wrong after she took the second tablet. I tried resuscitation but it didn’t work,” explained actor and singer Manabu Oshio, 31, during the police interrogation. I didn’t know it was illegal. The deceased woman was the one who brought the tablets.”
That is what Oshio has been saying since he was arrested last week for violating the anti-narcotics drugs law. Not only is Oshio denying the charges – it appears he’s trying to lay the blame on the woman who was found dead and naked on Aug 2 at the actor’s "hide-out" condo in Roppongi Hills.
The following day, after an autopsy, the body of the woman identified only as "A" was taken to her hometown in Hida by her family. ‘A’ worked as a nail artist in Nagoya upon graduating from a local high school, married at the age of 23 and moved to Ishikawa Prefecture where she started working at a “kyabakura” (cabaret club). Her marriage didn’t last and she moved to Tokyo to work at a Shinjuku kyabakura in 2007.
According to neighbors in ‘A’’s hometown, her ex-husband came to Hida on Aug 4 to attend the wake. “I heard something going on outside in the middle of the night and saw her ex-husband at the entrance of the home, crying with his hands in prayer. ‘A’’s father came out of the house and begged him to come inside.” The father was heard saying to his former son-in-law, “If only she had stayed married to you, this may not have happened." She was cremated the following day.
What remains bizarre is the disbelief expressed by funeral attendants and neighbors at the snapshot of ‘A’ published in the weekly magazine Friday that was sold on Aug 6. Although a black bar was placed over the eyes, the snapshot did not resemble the woman these people knew, or photos of the deceased that Shukan Post had obtained.
It is not clear when or how ‘A’ met Oshio, but her former coworker commented, “She started working in Shinjuku early in 2007. She was mentioning Oshio’s name about 6 months after. I didn’t think they were deeply involved but she asked me once if I wanted to see his concert with her.”
After working in Shinjuku and then in Roppongi, ‘A’ successfully found herself a job at a high-class club in Ginza, which had been her dream. A fellow hostess described ‘A’ as tall, slender, good-looking and popular, but never wore a dress that exposed her back because she had a traditional Japanese-style tattoo of a koi (carp).
Oshio began appearing at this Ginza club once or twice a month, but always accompanied by another man who paid the tab. Although ‘A’ was not the one "assigned" to Oshio on these visits, it seemed obvious to the other hostesses that they were on close terms.
Oshio was already living alone at the time, and it was rumored that his estranged wife, actress Akiko Yada, was preparing to file for divorce. The fact that her husband, although separated, was using the drug commonly known as ecstasy (MDMA) but also arrested with a naked Ginza hostess who had died from an overdose in his condo, must have been too much for her to handle. Upon hearing of the news, Yada only made a short statement, “He’s betrayed me.” It also remains possible that Oshio may be charged with manslaughter, depending on what the police uncover.
Not only was ‘A’’s dream of success in Tokyo shattered by her involvement with Oshio, she also paid the ultimate price for that ecstasy.© Japan Today