Model and former Terrace House cast member Shion Okamoto has been arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, the TBS News reported on Monday (Aug 3).
According to reports, Okamato, 25, was stopped by police at around 2am on Saturday on a road in Shibuya Ward. During voluntary questioning, police discovered what appeared to be liquid cannabis in his possession.
This led to a search of his home in Setagaya Ward several hours later where police found a “small amount of” marijuana.
The Japanese-American model, who also goes by ‘Sean’, admitted to the charge, reportedly saying, “I had it for personal use.”
In Japan, under the Cannabis Control Act, weed possession can lead to up to five years in jail, or seven if there’s a suspect intent to profit, and a potential fine of up to 2 million yen (S$25,932). Jail sentences for growing, importing and exporting weed are seven years — or up to 10 if there’s intent to profit, and a potential fine of up to 3 million yen.
Okamoto was a fan-favourite in Terrace House: Opening New Doors, which premiered on Netflix in Dec 2017. His on- (and later off) screen romance with house-mate and ice-hockey player Tsubasa Soto was one of the season’s highlights. The couple broke up last year.
In May, the latest (and last?) season of Terrace House — subtitled Tokyo 2019-2020 — was cancelled following the death of one of its cast members, pro wrestler Hana Kimura, who committed suicide after being cyberbullied.