Tokyo Metropolitan Police said on Monday that the musician Aska (Shigeaki Miyazaki), member of the musical duo Chage and Aska with Chage (Shuji shibata), was arrested for allegedly using stimulants in violation of Japanese drug control laws. The 58-year-old singer was previously sentenced for illegal drug use in 2014 to three years in prison, but the sentence was suspended for four years on parole if he remained true to his good behavior. The alleged drug use would violate the conditions of his parole.
According to the survey, Aska called police on Friday to his residence in Tokyo’s Meguro district, where police found him speaking inarticulate and unintelligible sentences. Police said that Aska tested positive for stimulants from a urine test, and Aska filed an affidavit dismissing the charges. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department will continue to investigate the details of the case, including how Aska may have gotten the drugs.
In May 2014, the police arrested Aska after finding MDMA and other drugs in a room in the singer’s apartment in Minato.
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Chage and Aska debuted in 1979 and began to gain attention with their songs “Banari no Kawa” and “Morning Moon” in the 1980s. In 1992, the theme song for the duo’s television drama “Say Yes” was released. sold over 2.7 million copies. Their song “Yah Yah Yah” set records two years later and gained the duo’s popularity across Japan and in several Asian countries. Two decades ago Chage and Aska approach Studio Ghibli make a clip for their “On your marks“song. The music video – which Hayao miyazaki conceived, written and directed – has become an “experimental film” screened in theaters with Heart murmur in 1995.
In 2013, Chage and Aska delayed and later canceled their “On Your Mark” reunion concerts for fear that Aska had a transient ischemic stroke (TIA). Weekly publications later reported that Aska may have used drugs, but the singer has denied the allegations. He commented on his illness on his official website and said he “absolutely does not do illegal things”.
Aska and Chage haven’t played together since 2009. Before the canceled concerts in 2013, the duo took a break, during which Aska and Chage went on to pursue a solo career. Aska published Series Boku ni Dekiru Koto Ima Utau in March 2013. Chage also formed a new group called 1/6 (pronounced “one slash six”), which went on tour from September 2014.
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Sources: NHK, Japan Times