In October, Masatoshi Ogasawara, a resident of Kawaguchicho in Hachoji, is alleged to have raised seven marijuana plants, weighing a total of 170 grams, in a dry riverbed near his residence.
During questioning, Ogasawara said that he cultivated the marijuana for his personal use. He claimed that he received the seeds for the plants from a foreigner and learned the cultivation process from the internet.
According to NHK (Aug. 9), the matter came to light when a Tokyo government worker involved in construction work nearby noticed the plants. After the worker notified police, Ogasawara was apprehended when he was seen watering the plants.