While I was going to let the saga of former KAT-TUN member Taguchi Junnosuke play out a bit, I’m guessing his apology essentially solves that. Why was he issuing such an emotional apology? Because a couple weeks ago he was arrested along with girlfriend actress Komine Rena for marijuana-related charges.
According to a statement from the investigator the arrest was made at roughly 1:47 PM at Taguchi’s home in Setagaya, Tokyo. A few grams of dried marijuana were reportedly found, along with various “equipment” and paraphernalia used to smoke the plant. The evidence will be sent to Tokyo District Prosecutors Office for further deliberation on May 24th. Taguchi joined Johnny & Associates in 1999, and in 2006 made his debut in the popular group KAT-TUN. He eventually left the group and Johnnys in 2016, making his solo debut later that year. Taguchi was supposed to go on a nationwide tour beginning in July, but the future of that tour looks to be dire. Komine debuted as an actress in the 1995 film “August in the Water”. While not active as an actress anymore, she manages a very successful salon in Tokyo. In 2015 it was revealed that the two had been dating for 8 years, with rumors constantly swirling that the two were very close to marriage.
He was recently granted bail along with the actress.
The Tokyo District Court has decided to grant both Junnosuke and Rena bail, they were temporarily detained at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. After the duo were granted release, Junnosuke came out to face the public, and make an official statement for the very first time since his arrest. Wearing a simple black suit and tie, Junnosuke deeply apologized for all the inconvenience this caused, not only to his fans but for the public as well. He desperately wants to gain everyone’s trust back. Rena did not publicly make a statement, as she currently isn’t active in the entertainment world.
According to reports from the arrest, Junnosuke had been partaking in marijuana for about a decade. Both Junnosuke and Rena apparently paid around 3 million yen (roughly 28,000 USD) each for bail.
While I, and likely most of you reading this, couldn’t care less about a fucking marijuana possession charge, it is nevertheless a major problem for a celebrity in Japan.