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Enson Inoue arrested in Japan for possession of marijuana

By Zach Arnold | October 20, 2008

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On the Japanese news wires today, a mainstream media report that 41-year old Enson Inoue (of Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama) was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on possession of marijuana. According to the report, police suspected Inoue of possession and he admitted as such to the authorities. The report claims that Inoue told police that he got the marijuana from an acquaintance a month ago and inhaled about 3 or 4 times in a month.

According to reports at both Mainichi Daily News and Nikkan Sports, a policeman busted Inoue at 3 PM JST on the 18th (Saturday) at a coin-parking machine in (Ikebukuro) Toshima city (Tokyo). During a car inspection, the policeman discovered marijuana cigarettes (up to 16.9 grams of marijuana) in the car’s sunroof, door compartment, and pocket(s) of Inoue’s clothing.

There are several factors to consider here in regards to what kind of punishment Inoue might receive. We know that Inoue has some relatively powerful connections in Japan, but there has been a movement lately to go after celebrities who are smoking pot (with Kid Yamamoto and crew being the highest-value targets according to Shukan Gendai in a recent police raid).

(Hat tip: NHB News.)

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14 Responses to “Enson Inoue arrested in Japan for possession of marijuana”

  1. Asa says:

    Man, they should all move to the States. Open a school in Cali or Hawaii and commute 🙂

  2. Jeff says:

    Isn’t Inoue married to one of Kid Yamamoto’s sisters?

  3. Chuck says:

    Shit, even though I don’t condone drug use of any kind, Inoue should smoke some weed every now again. He is a very angry man…

  4. zack says:

    It’s amazing how different the marijuana cultures of Japan & Hawaii are.

  5. pauli says:

    no hope in dope, kids, no hope in dope.

  6. David says:

    Thanks for reporting Zach!

    This is big news… ugh, Japan gotta lay off those harsh penalties. I thought they totally envy California? It is almost legal here, why don’t they just drink some saki, smoke a blunt and call it a freakin night!

    “Inoue should smoke some weed every now again. He is a very angry man…” – agreed lol!

  7. skwirrl says:

    had a little over a half ounce… so he could be going away for quite a while over there

  8. Mr. K says:

    Shinsuke Shoji, Michi Asano and his brother (all from Krazy Bee) have all retired from MMA since the Kid Yamamoto story broke. Shoji was due to fight for the KOP a week out from his retirement. I think Enson was busted due to that connection. Apparently the police are putting a ton of heat on Yamamoto and his gym.

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