Popular Japan singer Makihara arrested over alleged drug possession
Kyodo -- Feb 14
Popular Japanese singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara was arrested Thursday for allegedly possessing illegal drugs at his home in Tokyo, police said.

Makihara, 50, is suspected of keeping 0.083 gram of stimulant on April 11, 2018, and 64.2 millimeter of the liquid inhalant "Rush," an eponym for isobutyl nitrite, on March 30 of the same year at his condominium in the capital's Minato Ward.

The 50-year-old musician, who debuted in 1990, is well-known for a number of hit songs, including "Donna toki mo" (Anytime) and composing SMAP's "Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana" (The One and Only Flower in the World).

The Tokyo police have not disclosed whether Makihara, who was arrested at his home in the afternoon, admitted to possessing the illegal drugs.

歌手の槇原敬之容疑者(50)が13日、覚醒剤取締法違反の疑いで逮捕された。槇原容疑者は、2018年4月、東京都港区のマンションで覚醒剤0.083グラム、また、その年の3月にも危険ドラッグの一種、通称『ラッシュ』を所持していた疑いが持たれている。2018年3月に、槇原容疑者の個人事務所の元社長の男性が、薬物を使用したとして逮捕された際、自宅にあった覚醒剤について「マッキーのもの」と話していた。警視庁は、過去に2人が同棲していたことなども踏まえ、槇原容疑者の動向に不審な点がないか調べていた。その結果、当時、見つかった覚醒剤が槇原容疑者のものだという疑いが強まり、逮捕に踏み切った。認否は明らかにされていない。槇原容疑者は、1999年にも覚醒剤所持の疑いで逮捕され、有罪判決を受けている。
News sources: Kyodo, ANNnewsCH
Mar 30
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee will likely support the idea of delaying the Games to July of next year. (NHK)
Mar 26
Tokyo governor is calling on residents in the city to stay home this coming weekend unless they absolutely need to go out. (NHK)
Mar 24
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone this summer's Tokyo Olympics for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese leader said. (NHK)
Mar 23
Princess Aiko, the daughter of Japan's Emperor and Empress, has attended her graduation ceremony at Gakushuin Girls' Senior High School in Tokyo. (NHK)
Mar 21
Hyogo Prefectural Police have disciplined a police sergeant in Amagasaki City for engaging in sex with a subordinate female officer while on duty, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 19). (tokyoreporter.com)
Mar 21
The quarantine station at Narita airport has been temporarily closed, as one of the airport workers accidentally dropped a glass tube containing a coronavirus reagent. Reports say that the worker dropped the tube earlier this month, contaminating the whole room. (soranews24.com)
Mar 20
A man at the center of a high-profile child abuse case was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday for causing the death of his 10-year-old daughter. (Japan Times)
Mar 19
A man infected with the novel coronavirus who went to a Filipino pub earlier this month saying he wanted to “spread the virus” died Wednesday at a hospital in central Japan, investigative sources said. (Japan Times)
Mar 18
Suicides in Japan in 2019 fell to a historic low, marking the tenth straight year of decline, but youth suicides continued to rise, police said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Mar 18
Osaka plans to offer free lunch meals for all students at municipally run elementary and junior high schools starting April amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, Mayor Ichiro Matsui said Tuesday. (Japan Times)