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Why Japan is so strict about drugs

If you are in Japan, keep this mantra in mind: Never do drugs in this country. Ever. As previously reported, actors and musicians were seen by Pierre Taki earlier this week about suspected use of cocaine. What happened next seemed inevitable. Sega drew judgment a PS4 game where Taki expresses a character. Walt Disney Japan said it is considering replacing him as the official Japanese language of Olaf in Frozen 2 . Taki NHK TV program was canceled and Sony Music stopped selling its music. Pierre Taki has not been convicted of any crime, but Japan is a country with a conviction of over 99 percent. The United States is hardly perfect with its drug laws. Many lives have been destroyed by their zero tolerance policy. American celebrities, however, have long seemed to play with different rules. This is not true in Japan, where if the rich and famous are caught by illegal subjects, it is not a speed of career, but a stop sign. A cover on Happy End's classic melody "Gather the Wind." Taki is a story that has played countless times over the years in Japan, with arrested celebs starting from TV and the sale of their music ceased. For example, when musician Suzuki Shigeru of the ultimate rock band Happy End was arrested in 2009, his recordings were taken from business shelves. That same year, pop star Noriko Sakai also recorded drug issues and destroyed her two-shoe candy image. Initially, Sakai fled the authorities, pulled her…

If you are in Japan, keep this mantra in mind: Never do drugs in this country. Ever.

As previously reported, actors and musicians were seen by Pierre Taki earlier this week about suspected use of cocaine. What happened next seemed inevitable. Sega drew judgment a PS4 game where Taki expresses a character. Walt Disney Japan said it is considering replacing him as the official Japanese language of Olaf in Frozen 2 . Taki NHK TV program was canceled and Sony Music stopped selling its music.

Pierre Taki has not been convicted of any crime, but Japan is a country with a conviction of over 99 percent.

The United States is hardly perfect with its drug laws. Many lives have been destroyed by their zero tolerance policy. American celebrities, however, have long seemed to play with different rules. This is not true in Japan, where if the rich and famous are caught by illegal subjects, it is not a speed of career, but a stop sign.

A cover on Happy End’s classic melody “Gather the Wind.”

Taki is a story that has played countless times over the years in Japan, with arrested celebs starting from TV and the sale of their music ceased. For example, when musician Suzuki Shigeru of the ultimate rock band Happy End was arrested in 2009, his recordings were taken from business shelves.

That same year, pop star Noriko Sakai also recorded drug issues and destroyed her two-shoe candy image. Initially, Sakai fled the authorities, pulled her cellphone and dyed and cut her hair, perhaps to avoid having to take a drug test that might come out unfavorably. The authorities found a small amount of stimulants in the Sakai apartment. She turned in and got a three-year suspended sentence. Her album was pulled, her television commercials stopped flying and her clothing line was no longer worn in stores.

This is not just exclusion or punishment. All of these are examples of what is called jishuku (自 粛) in Japanese, meaning “self-control”. This is not unique to Japan; People all over the world feel self-control. But in Japan, companies and media conglomerates feel it urgently and quickly. They are not required to take these actions, but do so because they are expected. Sega’s official statement to draw judgment actually contains the word jishuku (as in “自 粛” or hanbai jishuku which means “prevent themselves from selling”.

It Japanese society is based on very high expectations, expectation is that if someone has violated the law, a company should not take advantage of that person’s work. Mistrust, especially drug-related, is seen as reflecting on the larger group. is really not a good look in image-conscious Japan. What makes it difficult is that in the case of Pierre Taki, he is not the only person involved in making judgment . He is not even the star of the star. a lot of security injuries in jishuku. Companies know that, which explains why they always apologize for any problems that their decision entails, for what is worth


Being arrested for dropping gives – or anything – in Japan is no joke. As Tofugu pointed out, the US Department of State issues the following warning of how draconian Japanese law applies to controlled subjects: [criminals] … criminals can expect long prison sentences and fines. In most drug cases, suspects are detained and prevented from receiving visitors or responding to anyone other than a lawyer or US consulate until he is prosecuted. Solitary confinement is common.

Also worrying is that the authorities in Japan can hold suspects for three weeks without charging them with a crime.

Prescription medication can also cause problems. Just ask Toyota Motor Corps communications manager Julie Hamp, who was arrested for having Oxycodone sent to her. She had recipes, but according to Japanese law, only designated parties can import the drug. US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy had to go in to get Toyota exec released. In 2015, an English teacher Carrie Russell was arrested after receiving her prescription Adderall sent to Japan, where it is not legal. The teacher was taken from Tokyo, where she lived, to Nagoya, where she was placed in a female detention center. After intense diplomatic pressure, Russell was freed 18 days later. Oregon Live quoted her at that time: “Even so, I love Japan.”

(If you visit Japan, this guide can help you investigate which prescription drugs can be inserted According to Japan Times where I write a monthly column, reported drug abuse in Japan has dropped from a peak of 14 500 people investigated to use drugs at an annual average of about 13,000. However, this may be due to a lack of officials working on these cases, as the amount of drugs entering Japan goes up, and the number of marijuana-related arrests is also up in Japan (an increase of 472 to a total of 3,008 arrests under DM.com ). Japan has not been so hard on cannabis as on other drugs.

” Japan decided its rules on cannabis after we were defeated at the end of World War II and the Americans came here, Ju told us. nichi Takayasu, curator of the Marijuana Museum in Tochigi Prefecture, DM.com . “Japan actually had a small but long-lasting use of hemp, which was used for fabric, paper and traditional medicine. But it changed in 1945 because the Americans brought with them the concept of bans, just as they had done with alcohol in the 1920s and early 1930s. And I see no likelihood that the government here disconnects its rules anytime soon. “

As Japan Update noted that cannabis was legal in Japan until 1948. There is little if no evidence it traditionally smoked in Japan. Instead, hemp was used to do things like sacred Shinto rep (below) among many other traditional goods. It is legal to own hemp seeds or hemp fibers in Japan. There are legal hemp farms, but cannabis grown in Japan, Tochigi Shiro hemp, for the holy ropes don’t really get people high. The United States, which had banned cannabis in 1937, did the same during the US occupation in Japan with the Cannabis Control Act. The law Japan Uppdat e points out, is still the basis of Japan’s legislation against cannabis. However, the US has updated its position on cannabis use. Japan does not have.

It also means that there have not been many open and honest talks in Japan about drugs. They are considered bad, full stop.

During the years after World War II, the use of stimuli was also uneven, with tricky stories of crimes and murders. Open democracy sets the number of over 550,000 addicts as late as the 1950s and notes that high crime rates during this period are often given as the cause of Japan’s zero tolerance drug policy. However, a lot of problems, including the management of the memory of war fears, can explain the tip of drug abuse. Food shortages can also explain the crimes.

Japan is now a safe country with low reported crime rates. There is little incentive for legislators to change the attitudes they had when Paul McCartney was thrown in jail for over a week in 1980 after arriving at Narita Airport with a pound of pot. At that time, the authorities sent a seven-year sentence, but ultimately deported him. “We were going to fly to Japan and I knew I wouldn’t be able to smoke anything over there,” McCartney said later. “This was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d bring me.”

Even celebrities who have had legal action with drugs outside of Japan have either been restricted (in the case of Paris Hilton, whose family hotel is located throughout the country) or detained (as Robert Downey Jr. was for six hours).

“This was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”

There have been loopholes. When I first came to Japan at the turn of the century, “magic mushrooms” were legally sold in stores and vending machines in love hotels. The reason for this, as Stippy reports, was that Japanese law forbade the chemical extract of psilocybin but not the actual fungi. When magic mushrooms were sold, they would be packed in main stores with stickers that basically read “Look but do not eat.” “Shrooms were finally banned in 2002, and from what I recalled, rumors were that the decision was due to the World Cup and the influx of foreign visitors.


Even with the rapid agricultural policy, Japan has against celebrities who violate its drug laws, are recurring possible about the talent of the celebrities. is so great that the country is willing to overlook any previous drug discretion. Time is, however, necessary.

For example, after being denied visas for years, Rolling Stones was finally able to tour Japan – something they have been doing for decades now Paul McCartney can also tour and be greeted by admiring Japanese fans and press.

Japanese celebrities have it tougher, but Suzuki Shigeru by Happy End does appearances at NHK, a broadcast company notoriously to play it safely Noriko Sakai, who has not been on terrestrial Japanese television for 11 years sed In arrest, will make their television recurring later in the month. But with Pierre Taki’s latest drug problem, some wonder that it is appropriate for her to make this television appearance. Even with a decade of jishuku, the timing is not exactly ideal.

If you are in the country or visiting, it is best that you do not do drugs in Japan.

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