• Kyodo News


Noriko Sakai apparently hesitated to turn herself in after she was told by an acquaintance that police stations were swarming with reporters following the arrest of her husband on a drug charge and her relative’s request that police start searching for her, investigators said Monday.

The actress was quoted by investigators as saying she “got into a panic and didn’t know what to do” after hearing from the acquaintance, whom she had sent to take a look at the Tokyo police station where her husband, Yuichi Takaso, 41, was under arrest and the one that received the search request from her mother-in-law.

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