Doshisha student held in pot bust


A Doshisha University student has been arrested for allegedly possessing cannabis at her home in Kobe, investigative sources said Saturday.

The student, 22, a senior at the private Kyoto-based school, told police she bought the cannabis from a Brazilian and has been already indicted, the sources said.

The indictment says the student allegedly had 3 grams of cannabis at her home in mid-August and mid-September.

The case came to light after her family noticed her acting suspiciously and called the police. She was arrested Sept. 18.

“It is very regrettable to hear the news. We haven’t been able to contact her and her family, and we are trying to confirm the reports,” a Doshisha public relations official said.

“We would like to deal with the problem after confirming the facts,” the official said.

The student has been on a leave of absence since Oct. 1.

Similar violations of the Cannabis Control Law have been reported at other universities recently.

On Thursday, two Keio University students were arrested for allegedly dealing in cannabis on one of the prestigious school’s campuses.

Also last month, five Hosei University students were arrested for smoking cannabis.

In May, three Kansai University students were arrested on suspicion of selling cannabis to other students on campus.

Students at Doshisha University were shocked by the news.

“We may be able to obtain marijuana easily nowadays. There may be others who could be involved in a similar case,” said Daisuke Suzuki, 21, an economics major.