Singer Noriyuki Makihara given suspended term for drug possession
Japan Times -- Aug 03
Popular Japanese singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, suspended for three years, for possessing illegal drugs.

In handing down the ruling, the Tokyo District Court said the possession was a “malign crime reflecting his lack of hesitation toward illegal drugs.”

Still, Judge Masashi Sakata gave Makihara the suspended term, saying he “showed remorse and pledged to stay away (from drugs).”

Perhaps best known for the hit “Donna Toki mo” (“Anytime”), Makihara, who made his debut in 1990, appeared in court wearing a dark suit. He thanked the judge with a bow before walking away from the courtroom briskly.

According to the ruling, Makihara had about 3.5 milliliters of the liquid inhalant isobutyl nitrite, a type of “popper” commonly known as “Rush,” in February at his home in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

The ruling also said that 0.083 gram of an illegal stimulant drug and 64.2 milliliters of Rush that was found in the 51-year-old’s condominium in the capital’s Minato Ward when his partner was arrested in the spring of 2018 actually belonged to the singer.

Prosecutors had sought a two-year prison term for Makihara, saying he had been using Rush for about 30 years and an illegal stimulant drug since at least 1999, even after he was found guilty of a drug charge in the same year.

覚醒剤を所持していた罪などで起訴された歌手の槇原敬之被告(51)に対し、東京地裁は執行猶予3年の付いた懲役2年の有罪判決を言い渡しました。  槇原被告は東京・港区のマンションで覚醒剤や危険ドラッグを所持していた罪などで起訴され、検察側が懲役2年を求刑していました。判決で東京地裁は「被告は覚醒剤などを使用する目的で所持していたわけではないなどと供述しているが、違法薬物に対する抵抗感の乏しさを背景にした悪質な犯行で刑事責任は軽くない」と指摘しました。一方で、「反省している」などとして執行猶予3年の付いた懲役2年の有罪判決を言い渡しました。槇原被告は終始まっすぐ前を向いて聞いていました。
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