A very popular Japanese actress (pictured) with a near-saintly image was recently arrested on drugs charges, and the whole nation was shocked to the core (it was pretty bad for Japan, the equivalent of say, Angelina being fingered for snorting cocaine in front of her kids, although frankly most gaijins here were wondering what all the fuss was about – that’s what famous people do, after all). A couple of weeks ago she gave a press conference to offer her whole-hearted apologies to the general public. I was impressed with her humble attitude. In Japan, public apologies are very important: it’s not uncommon to see politicians on their knees, apologising for some indiscretion or other, usually involving taxpayers’ money. Many of them are swiftly forgiven. However, drugs are a different thing all together; the actress in question has been dropped by her agency and abandoned by all her friends and associates, and I wonder if her career will ever revive. Personally I’d be happy if she wrote a book blowing the lid on the whole showbiz scam. In fact, I hope she does exactly that!