Manabu Oshio receives 30 month sentence

The trial of Manabu Oshio (32) ended on Friday with a partial guilty verdict. Prosecutors demanded a six-year prison sentence, but he was given only two and a half years. The conviction was handed down by three professional judges and six lay judges, as Oshio was the first celebrity to be tried under the "saiban-in" system that was reintroduced in Japan in May 2009.

Oshio was acquitted of negligence in the death of Ginza hostess Kaori Tanaka (30). The two had taken ecstasy (MDMA) together on the night of August 2, 2009, at a Roppongi apartment. At around 6:00pm that night, Tanaka showed signs of acute drug poisoning, and her estimated time of death was between 6:47pm and 6:53pm. Instead of calling for help, Oshio had notified his manager and later left the scene.

Prosecutors argued that Tanaka could have been saved if Oshio had immediately called for an ambulance instead of trying to escape responsibility. However, based on the quick change in her condition, the jury concluded that even if Oshio had called 119, there is still much doubt that Tanaka could have been saved.

Oshio was still found in violation of the narcotics control laws and was convicted on counts of acceptance and possession. He was already found guilty of use in a separate trial last November.

Oshio’s lawyer filed to appeal the ruling on the same day.

Singer Ayumi Hamasaki implicated in drug scandal?

Japanese pop princess Ayumi Hamasaki’s record label Avex Trax, a subsidiary of Avex Entertainment, has reportedly been trying to transfer her management rights for one billion yen ($15 million) after the singer became embroiled in a drug scandal involving colleague Manabu Oshio.

According to Japanese media reports, Avex arrived at this decision to prevent her drug scandal from affecting the record label’s stock prices, though industry observers say the figure is simply too low to be true.

Oshio was arrested in December last year on suspicion of giving the recreation drug Ecstacy to a hostess who later died of an overdose.

Source: Live journal