Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri arrested for suspected drug possession

Erika Sawajiri was arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of possessing ecstasy.
Erika Sawajiri was arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of possessing ecstasy.PHOTO: GEM AND NIPPON TV

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri, famous for her role in 2005 drama 1 Litre Of Tears, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs, NHK reported on Saturday (Nov 16) citing unnamed sources.

The 33-year-old actress, who this year starred in a TV adaption of Toyoko Yamasaki's hit novel Shiroi Kyoto, was arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of possessing ecstasy, although few other details are known, NHK said.

Tear-jerker 1 Litre Of Tears made Sawajiri famous not only in Japan but across Asia with the drama's depiction of its heroine's physical deterioration from a rare disease.

Drug arrests are treated seriously in Japan with celebrities who are caught frequently edited out of movies and TV shows.

The Tokyo police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sawajiri's talent agency was not immediately reachable for comment.