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The career of one of Japan's biggest pop stars, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, appears to hang in the balance after he was arrested for being naked and drunk in a ...
The career of one of Japan's biggest pop stars, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, appears to hang in the balance after he was arrested for being naked and drunk in a public park.
Japan's interior minister has even weighed in, describing the incident as "one of worst acts one can do".
Roland Buerk reports from Tokyo on a case that is gripping the nation.
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SMAP's Kusanagi released after sobering experience
SATORU IIZUKA, THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
SMAP's Kusanagi released after sobering experience (SATORU IIZUKA/ THE ASAHI SHIMBUN)
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, a member of the SMAP singing group, is driven away from Harajuku Police Station in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Friday after spending the night in police custody. Police sent the 34-year-old singer, dancer and actor to prosecutors the same day, but he was soon released. Kusanagi was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure after being found naked and screaming in a park near Minato Ward's Roppongi district in the wee hours of Thursday morning. He told police that he and two friends had visited two drinking establishments between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday. During that time, he consumed more than 10 glasses of beer and shochu before engaging in the bizarre behavior. Later on Friday, Kusanagi apologized to his fans at a news conference in the ward. He said he had blacked out and "when I came to, I was at the police station and I was not sure if I was in a dream or reality." He is expected to take a break from public appearances.(IHT/Asahi: April 25,2009)