[J-Pop] Lyricist Sonoda arrested for drugs

Lyricist Ryoji Sonoda (33) was arrested on Monday for the use of illegal stimulants, it has been learned. Police from Tokyo’s Azabu ward stated that Sonoda’s urine test turned up positive for the drug. He is also said to have admitted to the crime.

Sonoda has written lyrics for many hit songs by top artists such as SMAP, BoA, TVXQ, and MISIA.