Denki Groove's Pierre Taki given suspended sentence for cocaine use
Japan Times -- Jun 19
The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday sentenced Pierre Taki, an actor and member of Japanese techno-pop duo Denki Groove, to 18 months in prison, suspended for three years, for using cocaine.

The court ruled that Taki, 52, whose real name is Masanori Taki, snorted a small amount of cocaine at an apartment in Tokyo around March 12.

The judge said Taki was not addicted to cocaine but continued using it in repeated violation of the law.

“(Taki) used cocaine alone while watching movies and listening to music to relieve stress from work, being under pressure in his private life as he expanded his activities from being a musician to acting,” Judge Hironobu Ono said in handing down the ruling.

Ono, however, gave Taki a suspended term, taking into consideration the fact that he has been discharged from his management company and is under the supervision of a doctor to ensure he does not take cocaine again.

“I am very sorry for causing so much trouble to everyone. I will keep in mind that I should never do this kind of thing again” Taki said in a statement after the ruling.

コカインを使用した罪に問われた元ミュージシャンのピエール瀧被告(52)に対して東京地裁は懲役1年6カ月、執行猶予3年の有罪判決を言い渡しました。 (社会部・古賀康之記者報告) 主文を言い渡した後、裁判官は薬物事件の裁判では異例ともいえる約10分にわたって瀧被告に説諭をしました。その際、裁判官は何度も「人生」という言葉を使って話をしていました。ピエール瀧こと瀧正則被告は今年3月、コカインを使用した麻薬取締法違反の罪に問われています。今月5日の初公判で検察側は懲役1年6カ月を求刑したのに対し、弁護側は執行猶予付きの判決を求めていました。18日の判決で東京地裁は「常習的な犯行」などとして懲役1年6カ月、執行猶予3年の判決を言い渡しました。主文を言い渡した後、裁判官は瀧被告の関係先で撮影された「人生」という文字が写っている写真を見せました。そして、「人生の持つ意味を考えて下さい」などと話すと瀧被告は神妙な表情で話を聞いていました。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
Jul 17
School-related matters led to more suicides last year among youth aged between 10 and 19 than any other issue, the government said Tuesday in its annual paper on the topic. (Japan Times)
Jul 17
Over two weeks of cloudy and rainy days in Tokyo and nearby areas has resulted in higher vegetable prices and sluggish sales of summer clothing. (Japan Times)
Jul 17
Former Emperor Akihito briefly suffered from cerebral anemia last week, forcing him to postpone his regular health checkup, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Jul 17
Toyota Motor Corp. and Japan's space exploration agency said Tuesday they have signed a three-year agreement to jointly research and develop a rover to be sent to the Moon in 2029. (Kyodo)
Jul 16
The Tokyo metropolitan region experienced another cloudy and rainy day on Monday, marking the 18th straight day in which the country’s capital has seen less than three hours of sunshine per day. (Japan Today)
Jul 16
The sounds of chanting men carrying huge, decorated floats signaled the climax of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival. Each float weighs more than one ton. (NHK)
Jul 15
A supermarket has opened in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by the nuclear disaster in 2011. It is the first supermarket to operate in the town since the accident. Evacuation orders were partially lifted two years ago. (NHK)
Jul 15
Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam junior boys' title by beating Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain 6-3, 6-2 in the Wimbledon final. (Japan Today)
Jul 14
A 54-year-old man died after he was hit by a float while taking part in a Gion Festival parade in Usuki, Oita Prefecture, on Friday night. (Japan Today)
Jul 14
Police in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 20-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 66-year-old grandfather with whom he lived. (Japan Today)