Kanagawa Police arrested a 48-years-old executive at Chat Blanc, a Tokyo health food company, on Wednesday for allegedly violating Japan's Pharmaceutical Affairs Act. The executive, Juri Ogino, faces charges of illegally earning 269,000 yen (US$2,690) between November 2012 and October 2013 from the selling of natural tablets made of propolis, a resinous natural substance with infection-fighting properties, as a cure for cancer.
Ogino used propolis as the product marketed as a dietary supplement. Five cancer patients allegedly spent nearly 270,000 yen (US$2,700) on the tablets. According to police, since 2005, 317,400 more tablets were sold without authorization, for a total of 2.8 billion yen (US$28 million) in revenues. Ogino was arrested and confessed to the crime.
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