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Japanese musician, actor Pierre Taki arrested on suspicion of cocaine use

Pierre Taki is seen being transported by car in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on March 13, 2019. (Mainichi/Naoaki Hasegawa)

TOKYO -- Pierre Taki, a member of the Japanese techno-pop group Denki Groove and an actor, was arrested on the night of March 12 in the capital, for allegedly using cocaine in violation of the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act.

Taki, 51, whose real name is Masanori Taki, is accused of using cocaine in Tokyo or its surrounding areas around March 12.

The Narcotics Control Department of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Bureau searched the musician's house in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, after 6 p.m. on the same day. Though the department could not find any drugs, his urine sample tested positive for cocaine. The department is investigating how the man obtained the illegal drug.

The department says Taki admitted to the allegation. He was quoted as saying, "There's no mistake."

Taki is currently starring in public broadcaster NHK's drama series "Idaten." He also featured in NHK's drama series "Amachan" and "Gunshi Kanbei," and acted the Japanese voice of snowman Olaf in the popular Disney film "Frozen."

(Japanese original by Ikuko Ando, City News Department)

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