• Kyodo


Three people, including two deputy editors of a popular weekly comic magazine published by Tokyo-based Kodansha Ltd. have been arrested for cannabis possession, it was learned Monday.

According to the Aichi Prefectural Police, 42-year-old Akira Otsubo of Meguro Ward, Tokyo, and his wife, Haruka, 31, were arrested at their home May 13 on suspicion of violating hemp control laws by possessing roughly 1 gram of the substance.

Masahiko Kubo, 36, another deputy editor at the Weekly Shonen Magazine, was arrested Monday on suspicion of hiding some 4 grams of dried cannabis at his home in Nerima Ward.

Shonen Magazine has a circulation of roughly 3.5 million and is one of the nation’s best-selling weekly comics.

Police said they confiscated about 4 kg of dried cannabis in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, in September. A probe showed that the three suspects were connected to the haul, and their homes were subsequently searched, leading to the arrests.

The three have admitted to the allegations, police said.

Both Kodansha employees have been in charge of gravures at the weekly.

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