The Tokyo District Court on Thursday sentenced popular actress Erika Sawajiri to 18 months in prison, suspended for three years, for possessing illegal drugs.

In handing down the ruling, the court said possession of MDMA and LSD carries great criminal responsibility.

At the same time, Judge Toshifumi Takioka said Sawajiri "pleaded guilty and showed remorse. Her doctor and older brother have also offered to support her."