In a statement sent by fax from his talent agency to news outlets, Narimiya, 34, said that he was the cause of the problem. “I was betrayed by a friend I trusted from the bottom of my heart, and I fell into a trap that several people set up,” he wrote in a letter in his own handwriting.
Narimiya went on to say that privacy is a concern. “It cannot be expressed in words the crushing feeling of anxiety, fear, and hopelessness that wrong information will continue to be spread,” he added.
According to the statement, police could not confirm the use of illegal drugs by Narimiya.
The allegations appeared in the December 16 issue of weekly tabloid Friday. In the early morning hours of November 9, the actor is alleged to have used cocaine at his residence in Tokyo.
In the article, there is a photo of Narimiya with a number of items on a table, one of which is said to have been cocaine atop a sheet.
A source for the article told Friday that Narimiya also uses illegal drugs in VIP rooms of clubs in the Roppongi and Nishi Azabu areas of Minato Ward. In addition to cocaine, the source says Narimiya uses marijuana and ketamine, a drug often used as an anesthetic.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has launched a cargo spacecraft from a southwestern facility. (NHK)
Popular actor Hiroki Narimiya announced on Friday that he will retire from the entertainment industry, a move that follows a report in a weekly magazine claiming the actor uses illegal drugs, reports Sports Nippon (tokyoreporter.com)
Japan’s Upper House has passed bills to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and prepare related measures. (NHK)
A male employee in the sex trade allegedly broke into a home and stole cash by breaking a window using scissors, a technique he learned from an online video, police said on Friday. (tokyoreporter.com)
Renovation of the square in front of Kyoto Station’s Hachijo Exit, which began in 2014 to solve chronic traffic congestion caused by taxis and buses, is expected to be completed this month. (the-japan-news.com)
The US Marine Corps says the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed off western Japan is dead. (NHK)
Ruling coalition tax reform plans will boost private consumption in Japan by encouraging housewives and other secondary earners to pursue higher take-home pay. (Nikkei)
The benchmark Nikkei average extended its winning streak to a fourth session Friday, reflecting higher overseas equities overnight, and rewrote its 2016 closing high for a second straight day. (Japan Times)
The Japanese government says the total cost of cleaning up and providing compensation for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster may end up being twice as much as an earlier estimate. (NHK)
On the occasion of her 53rd birthday on Friday, Japanese Crown Princess Masako has said she watched solemnly Emperor Akihito’s video message in August in which he signaled his hope of abdication. (Jiji)