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Foreign affairs staffer found with stimulant drugs in Kabukicho

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police over the weekend arrested a staff member for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the alleged possession of stimulant drugs in Shinjuku Ward, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Nov. 26).

At around 5:20 p.m. on November 24, an officer found 0.6 grams of kakuseizai, or stimulant drugs, in a wallet belonging to Yasutoshi Tanimoto, a 46-year-old section manager in the passport division, during voluntary questioning on a road in the Kabukicho red-light district.

“Due to day-to-day stress, I possessed the drugs to use,” the suspect was quoted by the Shinjuku Police Station in admitting to the allegations.

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A Ministry of Foreign Affairs staffer was found to be in possession of stimulant drugs in the Kabukicho red-light district on Saturday (Twitter)

Tanimoto was stopped for questioning after he was seen behaving suspiciously as he walked with a male acquaintance in the district. The drugs were inside a plastic bag inserted in the wallet, police said.

The suspect also told police that he purchased the drugs on the internet and that he used them two weeks before.