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Japan pop star Aska, of duo Chage and Aska, pleads guilty to drug charges

Published on Aug 28, 2014 3:45 PM
 
Japanese pop star Aska, of popular music duo Chage and Aska, on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014, pleaded guilty to drug charges after his arrest on May made headlines across the country. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese pop star Aska, of popular music duo Chage and Aska, on Thursday pleaded guilty to drug charges after his arrest on May made headlines across the country.

More than 2,600 people queued in the rain to get one of just 21 seats in a Tokyo courtroom where the well-known celebrity was making his first public appearance since being released on bail last month.

The 56-year-old admitted during his one-day trial in Tokyo District Court that he purchased illegal stimulants earlier this year.

Prosecutors have demanded a three-year prison term, Jiji Press news agency said. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept 12.

 
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