Kamikaze Girls Author Booked for Cannabis Possession
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Toshiaki Takemoto, the 39-year-old author who wrote the novel inspiration for the Kamikaze Girls manga and live-action film under the pen-name Novala Takemoto, was arrested in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward for violating Japan's Cannabis Control Law on Monday. An affidavit stated that Takemoto allegedly "began smoking cannabis overseas out of curiosity. [He] also carried it back to Japan." Dried cannabis (marijuana) and smoking paraphernalia were reported to have been found during a search of his home.
Takemoto is suspected of concealing 0.22 grams of dried cannabis in the right pocket of his trousers while he was on a road in the Kabukicho entertainment district of Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Sunday at around 5:15 p.m. A Shinjuku officer on patrol questioned him and discovered the cannabis.
The Kyoto-born Takemoto dropped out of the Osaka University of Arts before he began serializing his "Soleilnuit" essay column in a free Osaka newspaper in 1998. His writings on girls' interests and fashion led to his self-description as a man with "the charisma of otome (young ladies)." He published his first novel, Missin' in 2000, and an essay collection entitled Soleilnuit: For Becoming a Proper Young Lady in 2001. In 2002, he wrote Shimotsuma Monogatari, the novel that inspired the manga and film released under the English title Kamikaze Girls. He eventually started a Pour Lolita lolita-gothic tie-in with the Hello Kitty brand and the Baby, the Stars Shine Bright clothing boutique chain.
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Source: Asahi Shimbun