ASKA of popular singing duo CHAGE and ASKA was reportedly blackmailed for money after a gang member took photos of him consuming drugs. According to the 1st August issue of "Shukan Bunshun", ASKA was seen lighting up some white crystals in a pipe in those photos. When the reporters went to interview ASKA about this rumour, he only admitted that he had some problems with the gang member but denied having a drug problem.
ASKA was supposed to have resumed group activities with his partner this year but announced on 11 June that he was down with transient cerebral ischemia symptom thus the comeback would have to be postponed.
Source: Sanspo & doramaworld