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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on July 6th, 2009

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    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
    OSAKA (Kyodo)

    …[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

    4 Responses to “Japan Times: Suspected int’l drugs ring by Japanese students. How about urine tests for all students now?”

    1. debito Says:

      Olaf replies to The Community:

      oh, how frightening!
      I am sure, the police will put up poster banners in train stations and
      distribute flyers to ‘make Japan a safer nation’.
      All major newspapers will report a ‘tremendous double digit increase in
      vicious student crimes’, and students will be issued RFID-chiped student
      University administration offices will be requested to provide detailed
      information about class attendance, and report any irregularity in
      student behavior.

    2. debito Says:

      Japan Times FYI on the situation with cannabis and laws in Japan:

    3. Behan Says:

      I wish the news would repeatedly announce their nationality, Japanese, through the news reports.

    4. Karl Says:


      My understanding was that all people in Japanese news are assumed Japanese unless stated otherwise. I’m not sure but I think this it is probably true that in any country all persons are assumed to be nationals unless noted otherwise.

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