Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri arrested for suspected drug possession


Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri was arrested on Saturday for possession of designer drugs MDMA at her home in Tokyo, police said.

Sawajiri, who has appeared in a number of films, TV series and commercials, was found in possession of 0.09 grams of drug-containing powder at her home in Meguro Ward around 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to police, who the city. saying, “There is no mistake that it is mine.”

Police said they opened an investigation into the 33-year-old actress after receiving reports she was “involved in illegal drugs”.

Police raided his home in the morning and found two white capsules in a plastic bag inside a jewelry box, they said.

One of the capsules contained powder containing drugs, police said, adding that they were continuing their investigation into the case.

Sawajiri, who has also been successful as a singer, is perhaps best known in other parts of Asia for “1 Liter of Tears”, a 2005 television series in which she played the heroine suffering from the disease. spinocerebellar degeneration, an incurable disease.

For her role as an ethnic Korean girl living in Japan in “Pacchigi!” (We Shall Overcome Someday), directed by Kazuyuki Izutsu and released in January 2005, she received the Best Newcomer award at the Japan Academy Film Prize.

Most recently, she starred in “No Longer Human”, a film based on the life of Osamu Dazai, one of Japan’s most renowned novelists, directed by Mika Ninagawa and released this fall.

She was slated to play the wife of 16th-century Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in the 2020 NHK public broadcaster’s historic drama series “Kirin ga Kuru” in 2020.

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