Jiji Press Apologizes for Releasing Wrong Photo after Actress Arrested

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Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Jiji Press apologized on Thursday for having released a photo of a woman different from a Japanese actress arrested for alleged cannabis possession the previous day.

"Jiji Press deeply apologizes to those concerned and takes seriously the fact that it handled a photo of an individual who is totally unrelated to the case as a photo of the suspect," Naoto Takamura, head of the company president's office, said in a statement.

The news agency will promptly identify the cause of the incident and work out preventive measures, he added.

The photo in question was taken at an event attended by the actress, Rena Komine, 38, in September 2001. She was arrested along with Junnosuke Taguchi, a former member of Japanese all-male pop group KAT-TUN. They are suspected of possessing cannabis at their home in Tokyo.

Jiji Press released the wrong photo, including on its news website, at 5:47 p.m. Wednesday (8:47 a.m. GMT) and retracted it at 7:32 p.m. the same day after receiving a claim from a reader.

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