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Illegal substance found at Japanese singer Noriyuki Makihara's Tokyo home

Noriyuki Makihara is seen in this file photo. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Police have confiscated a liquid believed to be the "popper" drug Rush from the current home of Japanese singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara, 50, who is under arrest on suspicion of drug possession, an investigative source said on Feb. 16.

On Feb. 13, Makihara was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on suspicion of possessing illicit drugs between March and April 2018 at the apartment in the capital's Minato Ward where he then resided. He is alleged to have had 0.083 grams of stimulants and 64.2 milliliters of Rush.

Rush was also reportedly found during a search of Makihara's home in Shibuya Ward on the day he was arrested.

Makihara, who was also arrested on suspicion of breaking the Stimulants Control Act in 1999, was quoted as telling police, "I quit for a while, but before I knew it, I'd started again." He also reportedly told officers that he has not used drugs since 2018.

A simple urine check administered after his arrest came out negative, and police say they are continuing testing.

According to an individual close to the case, a man who lived with Makihara was arrested for alleged Stimulants Control Act violations in March 2018. When Makihara's Minato Ward home was searched on the suspicion that he was connected with the alleged crimes, stimulants and a glass pipe were confiscated. Analysis of saliva found on the tip of the pipe showed DNA reportedly matching Makihara's.

(Japanese original by Yuki Yamamoto, City News Department)

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