Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The ballad of Noriko “Noripi” Sakai or “That’s why you should always use a condom!”

I’ve been holding off on blogging about it since I think that there are better blogs and people out there to comment on current events in Japan , but the whole "Noripi" drug scandal is just too much entertainment for me to not talk about. First of all, as soundtrack to this post, you should open this hit by her in another window!

The basic story is that a now 38 year old former teen idol but still very famous, got caught up in a drug scandal where some form of stimulant drugs has been used. The whole drug scandal is from a European perspective pretty petty and nothing that I get worked up about. However, what I find really entertaining here is the relationship between Noriko “Noripi” Sakai and her husband, self proclaimed “pro-surfer” (there is no indication that he actually makes any money out of surfing) Yuichi Takaso, which seems to be pretty complex. They married in 1998 after she ended up pregnant with his baby.


Let me give you a break down of this entertaining event as they occurred.

Aug. 4 – Noripi’s husband gets caught by the police for behaving strangely and possibly under the influence of narcotics. He also refuses to show the contents of his pockets and states that the police “better let him go” since he’s married to a celebrity. He calls her up and makes her come to the scene where she tries to argue to the police that her husband is fine and that he can’t show the contents of his pockets because he’s embarrassed since he has medicine for problems with sexual performance. The police aren’t too impressed with this and formally take him in and search him and find… metamphetamine… Meanwhile, Noripi mysteriously disappears.

Aug. 5 – 7 – The news hit the media, a search is conducted of the home of the husband (they live separately) and more drugs are found. Noripi has dropped off the radar with her 10 year old son and people are worried about her, fearing that the shock of finding out that her husband is a horrible drug user has gotten to her. However, pretty quickly Yuichi start ratting his wife out, telling the police that she does at leas as much drugs as him and a search of her apartment follows, where, surprise! More drugs are found. Meanwhile, Noripi has dropped off their son at a friend, who turned out to be the mistress of husband Yuichi and once again disappeared from sight. An official warrant for her arrest is issued by the police.

Aug 8~ - Noripi turns herself over to the police (just about the time when any drugs would've gone out of her system showing negative results in tests...) in the presence of her lawyer and admits to having used metamphetamine “a few times”, encouraged and introduced to the drugs from her loving husband. Her husband states that “a few times” is pretty far away from the truth and that was indeed her who introduced him to the drug. Poor little Noripi changes her story from “a few times” to “around 10 times” but still claim that her husband introduced her to the drugs. As an extra twist, Noripi’s little brother gets arrested on drug charges as well and rumours of her brother being involved with “violent criminal organizations” (read: Yakuza) also start to circulate.

Apparently, neither her, nor her husband are adherents to the “you snitch, you die” philosophy that such a large portion of the honorable criminal world seem to embrace. Aren't they cute in this picture? They must have such a great marriage and relationship!
For me, the lesson to be learned from this sordid mess is pretty simple; use a condom! If Noripi just could’ve avoided getting banged up by this no good slacker snitch dude, she wouldn't had to marry him and she could’ve done her drugs in peace and quite.

Meanwhile, the story of the actor who did ecstasy together with a “hostess” after which she ended up dead in his apartment and he delayed calling an ambulance, instead calling his agent (If I was an agent, the 3am “Hey, the whore I brought home seems to have died on me, what should I do?” is the call I would dislike the most). But yeah, Noripi is the bigger star so she gets the headlines, you go girl!

14 comments:

shufuinjapan said...

An excellent break down. I was watching the TV when the gullible Japanese media were talking about how "Noripi" has probably gone into hiding out of shame etc. The next day poor Noripi had become "Suspect Noripi"- had to change their tune a bit, concerned faces turned to disgust. I think the pic they keep showing of hubby is hilarious. Where did he get the spanky cardigan?

Anonymous said...

I love how the song you've posted lasted until the next sentence...

Anonymous said...

*last I mean

David said...

I was mildy amused that the Noripi media circus got more airtime than the reports about the earthquakes and the typhoon that was heading towards Japan.

She doesn't look like a meth-head. I mean, she's still got all her teeth...

Anonymous said...

i loled. japanese should instal the stalker network like S-koreans do. it will be nghtmare for such sniffing stars.

Anonymous said...

Rumour has it that the reason Noripi got more attention in the news was because Manabu Oshio was hanging out with some senior bureaucrat's brat kid. They were hitting the drug and orgy scene together. It also helps a lot that the owner of the apartment where the naked dead girl was found in happened to be the owner of PEACH JOHN, the underwear company. The owner owns several units in Roppongi Hills and often play hosts to these drug fueled orgies.

ThePenguin said...

Thankyou for this nice summary, as usual I became aware of the name from the magazine ads on the train but had no idea who the hell Ms Sakai was.

Softbank Sucks said...

"Apparently, neither her, nor her husband are adherents to the “you snitch, you die” philosophy that such a large portion of the honorable criminal world seem to embrace."

Actually maybe he does since he said it was some Iranian guy he got it from and not the more likely connections that Noripi's brother seems to have.

Chris said...

"just about the time when any drugs would've gone out of her system showing negative results in tests."

I just heard they tested her hair to thwart her "Play dead and drink water till I'm clean" idea.

Thank god some police in Japan are CSI fans ;)

Me said...

Ha, she probably got the stuff from her brother.

Another sad tale of someone with obviously too much idle time and money on hand

iago said...

I agree that always having a condom to hand is one line of defence, but keeping surfer dudes away altogether may be safer. Might I recommend a line of water-filled PET bottles?

Softbank Sucks said...

"Might I recommend a line of water-filled PET bottles?"

ROFLMAO!

Mr. Salaryman said...

Shufu - To add the overall hilarity of the situation, that cardigan her loving husband is wearing is a traditional Norwegian cardigan! I'm not surprised that those Norwegians are involved in this really, anything bad and they're usually in there somewhere...

David - Hey, c'mon, Noripi is great news, typhoons come and go but this is unique! Who cares about the election in Afganistan when we need the latest breaking news on Noripi!

Penguin - Usually I would argue that reading the train ads for Spa!, Friday and all those magazines is all that you need to stay up to date, but glad I could fill in a few of the blanks!

Chris - Yeah, but since she cut her hair during her stint on the run, maybe she's a CSI fan too?

SoftbS - Yeah, that's true, maybe he finds her brother a bit more scarier than Noripi herself? If any Iranian was selling the drugs, we can be pretty sure that he anyway bought it from the big Y in the first place.

Iago - Yeah, but I'm not really convinced that we solved the whole PET bottle deal? But could be worth a try now that the inevitable divorce will come, to avoid the next no good leech.

Foggia said...

The part that entertained/infuriated me the most was when they unleashed the peeping fury on her private life, finding, Oh my Goodness!, that she went to techno music parties (=druggy), and even had a tatoo! (=good-for-nothing/criminal)

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