Former Kat-tun idol pleads guilty to marijuana possession
His partner, former actress Rena Komine, who faces the same charge, also entered a guilty plea. The two said there was “no mistake” in their indictment.
Prosecutors sought a six-month jail term for both, saying they have used marijuana for some 10 years and there is a high likelihood of re-offending.
The trial concluded Thursday and the court is due to hand down a ruling July 30. The defense is seeking a suspended sentence.
“I betrayed my fans and people around me as well as myself. I want to rehabilitate and lead a decent life,” he said, adding he wants to continue his career in acting and maintain his relationship with Komine.
They were released June 7, two days after being indicted, on bail of ¥3 million ($27,800) each.
Kat-tun was created by top talent agency and production company Johnny & Associates Inc., whose founder Johnny Kitagawa died Tuesday, sending shock waves through the nation’s entertainment industry.
Taguchi left Kat-tun in March 2016, 10 years after the group released its debut CD, to pursue a solo career.