A source involved in the investigation says that actor Kento Nagayama, who is 34 years old, was held on Friday by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of breaking the Cannabis Control Law. The Japan News said that Nagayama is thought to have had cannabis at his flat in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward. During a check of Nagayama’s room on Thursday night, police from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department found the marijuana. The cops are looking into how he got the drug in the first place. In 2007, Nagayama made his starring debut. Since then, he has been in a number of movies and TV shows. In 2010, for the movie Sofutoboi (Softball Boys), he won the Japan Academy Film Award for best new actor. He will also play Keisuke Baji in the live-action movie “Tokyo Revengers 2: Bloody Halloween – Destiny,” which is based on the famous manga series “Tokyo Revengers.” The movie is set to come out on June 30, 2014.
Changes to Japan’s weed control law made it illegal to use pot in 2021. According to The Mainichi, the National Police Agency (NPA) said that the number of marijuana-related arrests in Japan dropped for the first time in nine years in 2022. However, the number of arrests is still high. The NPA said that 5,342 people were arrested in 2022, which was 140 fewer than the year before. There were 912 people younger than 20 who were jailed. This is 82 less than the year before. 53.4% of the young people who were arrested were in their 20s, and 17.4% were in their 30s. Since 70% of the arrests were of people under 30, there are fears that this drug is becoming more popular among young people. 160 of the people arrested were in college, 150 were in high school, and 11 were in junior high school.
About 75% of people arrested for marijuana possession were first-time criminals. A total of 4,054 people were arrested for the first time. People who were arrested for selling marijuana were caught growing it 225 times, getting it 184 times, and bringing it into the country 74 times. Based on a study by the NPA of 911 suspects arrested for simple possession between October and November 2022, 52.1% started using marijuana before they turned 20. This is up from 36.4% in 2017. The study also found that 59.6% of people who started using marijuana did so because they were curious or looking for fun, while 18.4% did so because it “fit their mood at the time.” Also, 79.5% of people said that marijuana has almost no or no bad side effects. The NPA says that young people may find it easy to get marijuana by using social media. The agency says it will keep getting rid of social media posts that promote the sale of marijuana and teach people about how dangerous it is.