Sei Tanaka, a defendant who was sentenced to prison for illegal drugs, tells people around him that he has “no desire to be in the entertainment industry. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Sei Tanaka, a defendant who was sentenced to prison for illegal drugs, tells people around him that he has “no desire to be in the entertainment industry.

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Defendant Sei Tanaka released on bail for 6 million yen on September 2, 2011

Former KAT-TUN defendant Sei Tanaka, 37, who was sentenced to one year and four months in prison at the Chiba District Court for violating the Methamphetamine Control Law and is appealing his sentence, has been expressing his concerns to those around him.

The first trial for the appeal was held at the Tokyo High Court on March 5, and when asked about his occupation, Tanaka answered that he was an “associate” at a recovery support facility in his hometown of Chiba.

He stated that he was “providing support to the residents at the facility while also providing treatment for himself. He also said that he would stay at the facility until his trial was over, showing his remorse.

When asked about his post-return to society, he replied, “I don’t know (about a return to show business) at this time,

When asked about his plans after returning to society, he denied any such plans.

He denied that he had any intention of returning to the entertainment industry. Tanaka, who has stated that he has no intention of returning to the entertainment industry, is said to have voiced his concerns to those around him.

I don’t know how to live outside of the entertainment industry because I’ve only known the entertainment industry…I’ve never had a regular job, so I don’t know how to live outside of the entertainment industry.”

When defendant Tanaka was in the first year of junior high school, his mother sent his resume to Johnny’s office, which is how he started his career.’ In 2001, he formed KAT-TUN with Kazuya Kamenashi, Hitoshi Akanishi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Tatsuya Ueda, and Yuichi Nakamaru, and made their CD debut with “Real Face” in ’06.

The group attracted attention as a unique delinquent-like group among Johnny’s, and Tanaka was known for his mischievous character. However, Tanaka’s character didn’t stop there, and he was found to be having problems with women and running a bar, which is forbidden in Japan. In 2001, his contract was terminated by Johnny’s for ‘repeated violations of the rules.

Tanaka’s life took a dark turn from there. In 2002, Tanaka began activities as the five-member band INKT, but in 2005 he was caught red-handed on a street in Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, in violation of the Marijuana Control Law for possession of marijuana. Although the charges were dropped, “INKT” was disbanded.

After that, Tanaka became a freelance performer and challenged the ABEMA project “10 million yen if you buy Mirai Asakura in a street fight” (he missed the event due to injury), but was not as successful as he would have liked.

I think I became overconfident in myself because of my popularity during my KAT-TUN days,” he said. Maybe it was only after I quit Johnny’s that I realized the harsh reality of the situation. He was acting bad, but I think he had a lot of insecurity. That may have caused him to become dependent on drugs and women.” (Tanaka’s acquaintance)

In January of last year, Tanaka was arrested for possession of methamphetamine at a hotel in Nagoya City, and in June of the same year he was sentenced by the Nagoya District Court to one year and eight months in prison, with a three-year suspended sentence. Just nine days later, he was speedily arrested in his hometown of Chiba for possession of methamphetamine.

Tanaka appealed to abstain from drugs and distance himself from the entertainment industry in order to avoid prison time. The appeal is expected to be concluded in mid-September, but he is expected to face a severe sentence in the high court because of his addictive tendencies.

If he avoids jail time, he will probably consider returning to show business, but he probably won’t escape jail time. But even if he does get a regular job, there are few places that will hire him with that tattoo. Recently, he has been sending out lines of communication to his acquaintances, including those in the entertainment industry.

Tanaka denied that he would return to show business, but his “real face” seems to be that of a person who has no regrets.

The defendant was photographed at his restaurant in Nishiazabu, Tokyo. He has an expression that suggests he is mad (from the June 16, 2005 issue of “FRIDAY”).
Tanaka entering the Matsudo branch of the Chiba District Court on September 22, 2005 (some images have been doctored).
  • PHOTO. Shinji Hasuo (1st and 3rd photos)

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