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Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 14:00 - 15:00


"Hemp in Japan"

Saya Takagi, Ecolodge Owner, Tetsuya Aoyama, Farmer &

Yuji Masataka, Neurologist & Exclusive director of Green Zone Japan


Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.



While some countries are increasingly legalizing marijuana, for recreational and medical use, Japan Remains in staunch opposition.

Tetsuya Aoyama, a spine-injury victim who cultivated and consumed cannabis to ease his pain, is coming to the FCCJ, to discuss his arrest under Japan's strict anti-drug laws. He and other experts want Japan to soften these laws and recognize medicinal uses of marijuana.

Aoyama, a resident of Obihiro City Hokkaido, injured his spine at work. He was arrested in December 2018 for privately growing marijuana. Police seized 29 kilograms of hemp that Aoyama was growing for his own treatment and for others who suffer a range of illnesses and maladies. Aoyama and others say Japan's Cannabis Control Law is "for a crime without victims." The law was installed after World War II, when Japan was under occupation and anti-marijuana hysteria was at its peak.

Aoyama will be joined by Saya Takagi, a former actress, and Yuji Masataka, a neurologist and director of Green Zone Japan, an educational news service on medical cannabis.


Doors open for TV crews only at 13:15, all others at 13:30. Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website(

*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.

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