• Kyodo News


Most of the students at Tokyo’s Waseda University who responded to a recent poll conducted by the school said they have access to illegal drugs such as marijuana.

Thirty-five percent said they “can manage to obtain” such drugs and 17 percent said they can get them “easily.’

In contrast, 27 percent of the students said they could not obtain such drugs.

Waseda conducted the survey over the Internet and obtained responses from about 4,700 people, about 9 percent of all its student body.

The survey found that 10 percent of the respondents were aware that some of their friends or acquaintances possessed or consumed illegal drugs. Six percent said they had been recommended to consume such drugs.

The university said students are aware they can be exposed to drugs more easily than they had imagined, adding it will launch an antidrug campaign through an in-house magazine and lecture sessions.

Waseda conducted the survey between December and January after several of its students were arrested on suspicion of growing or attempting to smuggle marijuana.

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