Paris Hilton banned from Japan

Country points to guilty drug plea

Paris Hilton has been banned from Japan.

The heiress cancelled her Asia tour to promote her fashion and fragrance lines and boarded a private jet back to Los Angeles after being denied entry at Tokyo's airport Wednesday following her drug violation in the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

She had arrived Tuesday morning, but spent the night in an airport hotel after undergoing six hours of questioning by officials.

On Monday, Hilton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas. She was arrested last month for cocaine possession.

Before flying out of the country, Hilton told reporters, "I'm going back home, and I look forward to coming back to Japan in the future… I'm really tired."

Hilton also cancelled appearances in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Said her publicist, "Paris is very disappointed and fought hard to keep her business commitments and see her fans, but she is forced to postpone her commitments in Asia. Paris understands and respects the rules and laws of the immigration authorities in Japan and fully wishes to cooperate with them."

Hilton isn't the only celebrity who has faced problems entering Japan.

Madonna was restricted from entering the country during the 2002 World Cup finals because of past drug offenses, but was later given a 30-day visa as a "special delegate." Paul McCartney was arrested for marijuana possession at the Narita airport in January 1980, and deported.
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