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Paris Hilton Denied Entrance to Japan Because of Drug Conviction

Paris Hilton pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges on Monday and was sentenced to one year of probation. She found out on Wednesday that she was not yet able to put the August cocaine possession arrest behind her. On Wednesday, Hilton announced that she was leaving Japan to return to California because immigration officials at the Narita International Airport in Japan had denied her entrance to the country.

Japanese immigration law denies entrance to people convicted of drug crimes, though they do grant some exceptions. Japan's drug crime laws are notoriously strict and Hilton was just the latest celebrity to experience them.

The Christian Science Monitor published a piece today that examines Japan's famously strict and seemingly outdated laws. The Monitor relays that Paul McCartney was caught with marijuana at the same airport in 1980 and spent a week in detention before being deported. The Rolling Stones were refused visas for years because of drug convictions of some members before they were finally allowed an exception to go on tour.  

Hilton, 29, was about to embark on a tour of Asia to promote her fragrance and fashion lines. Hilton and her reps said that she was disappointed to miss her fans in Asia, but that she wanted to fully cooperate with Japanese authorities and she understood their position.


Paris Hilton, meet Japan's hardline policy on drugs (The Christian Science Monitor)

Paris Hilton denied entrance to Japan (Los Angeles Times)

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