“I don’t know the details about the incident. I’ve been avoiding the TV. After what my own family did, do you think I’d be able watch anything?”
The comment was made by the older sister of Manabu Oshio, indicted in August on charges of illegal drug use and who was released on bail on Monday. Throughout the interview with Shukan Post, the woman, accompanied by her husband, did not hide her anger and bitterness.
“I have my own family to consider. I don’t plan on visiting him. Since this incident, I haven’t been in touch with my parents either. And who knows what kind of nonsense you media people are going to write about us?”
The woman’s anger seemed to be turned toward the relentless, daily media coverage more than her brother. She was clearly outraged by previous reports on her brother’s divorce from Akiko Yada, and descriptions about the actress’ relationship with Oshio’s parents. Magazine articles had published that the sister and brother were very close and spoke in English at home, that the sister taught Oshio to play the guitar, and described the father as a big mouth, etc.
“Look, I don’t even know how to play the guitar. And my father’s supposed to be pompous. I just don’t care any more. Write whatever you want. No one’s going to bother with the truth no matter what I say.”
When asked what the "truth" was, the sister said, “Please talk with the lawyer. All I can say is that I saw my brother during New Year’s. I don’t see him that often, and there seemed to be nothing unusual about him. He didn’t look like he was on drugs. And Yada wasn’t there… Either way, I haven’t contacted my parents since the incident and living with him after his release is out of the question. All of us have our own families.”
Asked again about her knowledge of the drug incident, the woman said she has no idea and couldn’t possibly comment. But her sentiment as the actor’s sibling was expressed through the following comment: “Family is always family. For us, nothing changes the kinship. Just like any other family, we will be there to support him through the trial."
Oshio’s bail implies that he will be charged for the use of narcotics and not, in relation to the woman who died, for negligence as a guardian resulting in death. But according to a reporter of legal affairs at a national newspaper, the police will continue investigating how the drugs had been procured, since the amount of cocaine found at the deceased woman’s apartment was considerably more than for purposes of personal use. The investigation is likely to involve the entire entertainment industry, and as for Oshio himself, it’s likely he’ll get a suspended sentence of 1 to 2 years.
Deserted by his ex-wife and ostracized by the Roppongi Hills clique who had been his sponsors, the only people Oshio is going to be able to count on will be his sister and parents.© Japan Today