Former Japanese boy band member arrested over marijuana possession

Kyodo News

Posted at May 23 2019 02:53 AM | Updated as of May 23 2019 04:38 AM

Junnosuke Taguchi, a former member of Japanese boy band KAT-TUN, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana, Japan's Narcotics Control Department said.

The department arrested Taguchi, 33, at his apartment in Tokyo as well as Rena Komine, 38, a former actress who has been living with him, for allegedly keeping a few grams of marijuana there.

Taguchi debuted in 2006 as a member of KAT-TUN, created by major entertainment agency Johnny & Associates Inc. He left the group in 2016 and became an independent artist.

In May 2017, another former member of KAT-TUN was arrested for possessing marijuana but was never indicted.