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Japan Doesn’t Show Hollywood Celebrities Any Special Treatment

In Hollywood, celebrities frequently think that they’re untouchable or perhaps that the law doesn’t apply to them. In 2007, Lindsay Lohan supposedly said (while driving intoxicated) that she was a celebrity and couldn’t get into trouble.

Celebrities with drug records who travel to Japan are in for a rude awakening. In September 2010, socialite Paris Hilton was detained at Tokyo’s Narita Airport and sent back to the United States. Why? Two days prior she had pleaded guilty to cocaine possession back in the states.  Just recently, Russell Brand traveled to Japan to see his wife, Katy Perry, perform. However, Japanese officials took him into custody and sent him back to the United States. In Russell’s case, he was deported on charges from over 10 years prior.

Japan’s strict immigration laws show us just how important it is to not get involved with illegal activities. It’s easy to say that you’ll never travel to Japan so this isn’t something you’ll ever have to worry about. The truth is, you never know where life’s going to take you!

Growing up in a small town, I never thought I would see another state, let alone another country. But just last year I had the opportunity to travel and live in Japan for a few months. It was quite an experience and one that I will never forget!

In high school there is  peer pressure to do the things that our friends are doing. The short term consequences are often what keep us from making bad decisions, but what about the long term consequences? If I had let peer pressure get the best of me in high school and gotten myself into trouble, living in Japan is something that I would never have been able to experience. Let this be one good lesson that Hollywood can teach all of us!


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  1. Posted by on July 30, 2011 at 09:55

    Actually, haha, one of my dreams is to go to Japan and live there for a while! (not perminantly, but for like, a couple years maybe.) I love anime and all that fun Japanese type stuff! I want to learn Japanese too 😀 And I think it would be so awesome to witness to people there, because since oonly 1% of people in Japan are Christians, they really need someone to lead them to Christ!

  2. Posted by on May 24, 2011 at 17:43

    I’ve always liked Japan…<3

  3. Posted by on May 24, 2011 at 17:17

    Wow, I think the U.S needs to stop giving special treatment the cebebs. And that is great you went to Japan. In a year there is a school trip going to Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain and I get to go! I’m so blessed to be able to have a family that would allow me to do those things!

    • Posted by Nicole on May 24, 2011 at 20:20

      Yes you are Nicole! That will be so much fun and a trip of a lifetime. Make sure to take lots of pictures!

  4. Posted by on May 24, 2011 at 16:54

    Wow, That’s really good! I’m glad to see that those celebs are actually getting their punishment. It shows that there are actually consequences for your actions, even if you are a celebrity! The way it should be (: