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Singer and actress Ms. Noriko Sakai was indicted Aug. 28 on a charge of possessing a stimulant drug (amphetamine). Her arrest and indictment are regrettable not only because her popularity as a pop idol extends beyond Japan to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong but also because she took part in a government campaign against narcotics use and starred in a public relations film to enlighten people about the introduction of the lay judge system.

Her indictment followed similar action against actor Mr. Manabu Oshio on a charge of violating the Narcotics Control Law. These incidents suggest that the use of narcotics is widespread in the entertainment world. People in the entertainment community have to keep in mind that their behavior can strongly influence people, especially young people who may be fans. Production firms and associations in the entertainment industry should make concerted efforts to drive illegal drugs out of the industry. They should not automatically endorse the comeback of showbiz people who have been involved in narcotics-related incidents.

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