Hi Blog. Just a little addendum pursuant to the whole Roppongi “random” NJ street searches for drugs involving urine tests without warrants.
Japan Times reports that it’s not just the occasional rugby team). students in Japan aren’t just using drugs. They’re even possibly creating international drug rings! Kinda hard to blame foreigners in Roppongi for that like the sumo wrestlers did.
However, are we going to see random searches for drugs on university campuses, bundling students off to police HQ in paddy wagons for a little urine sample without a warrant? Somehow I doubt it.
Excerpt of JT article follows. Arudou Debito in Sapporo
The Japan Times Sunday, July 5, 2009
Student behind stimulant ring sought
…[Former Waseda student] Kondo’s name surfaced during an investigation last November into Hiroshi Osaka, a 26-year-old unemployed man who was arrested for possessing about 992 grams of stimulants from Malaysia in his luggage upon arrival at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, the police said.
Later, in February, Osaka’s accomplice, Kyo Watanabe, a 21-year-old Toyo University student at the time, was arrested for allegedly posting a mobile phone Web ad seeking drug couriers. He allegedly arranged the plane tickets and accommodations for the Osaka’s trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Watanabe reportedly told police he recruited 15 smugglers on the Web. Since last year, several Japanese have been arrested for drug possession in South Korea, and police believe they were among the 15 recruited by Watanabe.
Full article at http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20090602hs.html