Noriko Sakai's new role as anti-drug campaign representative
The Japanese pop singer visited Beijing to educate the public on the damage of drug addiction
by Daisy Li
Date Published: 04/18/2011
Noriko Sakai in 2009. Photo courtesy of Hkmdbnews.com
From April 6 to 9, J-pop singer Noriko Sakai visited Beijing as part of a tour to inform people of the destructive consequences of drug addiction. During the anti-drug promotion trip, she took part in a public service announcement, visited the Nanyuan Social Welfare Center and orphan asylums, and became a certified anti-drug volunteer through the organization Beijing Educational Base of Forbidding Narcotic & Hallucinogen (BEBFNA). Sakai gave the representatives of BEBFNA a copy of her autobiography Expiation, which was published in December 2010 and will be released in China digitally.
Sakai was involved in a drug scandal in 2009, which ended with her contract with Sun Music Japan being suspended. Her prison term was delayed until November 2012 as long as she remains crime free until then. Sakai is currently attending the University of Creation; Art, Music and Social Work in Takasaki, studying welfare and nursing care, and she indicated that she would temporarily abandon her career in entertainment scene and engage in long-term charity organizations.