Tanaka is suspected of using drugs between August and September. According to the Tachikawa Police Station, the results of a urine analysis of Tanaka were positive. The entertainer was taken into custody at her home-office in Shibuya Ward on November 25.
“There is no doubt that I used drugs,” she is quoted by police. Investigators are now attempting to determine the route in which Tanaka obtained the drugs.
Tanaka is probably best known for being a member of the J-pop group Tokyo Performance Doll.
In 1992, Tanaka received a singing award at the sixth Japan Beautiful Girl Contest, which formed the start of her career in show business. Notables also taking awards that year were Aiko Sato (Grand Prix) and Ryoko Yonekura (Jury Prize).
An entertainment insider tells Nikkan Sports that Tanaka was a member of the modeling section at an agency. “Because she wasn’t so tall, jobs were scarce,” the source says. “So once she joined Tokyo Performance Doll, she stopped work at the agency. She did some work on television variety shows. Rumors also were going around about various relationships with men.”