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FANS CHEER EX-BEAI'LE McCARTNEY:
Paul held on drug rap
TOKYO (AP) - Narcotics agents
questioned Paul McCartney yesterday
about the half-pound of marijuana he
allegedly brought into the country, then
officers led him past a crowd of
shouting Japanese fans to his second
night in jail.
The 37-year-old former Beatle was
arrested Wednesday shortly after he
arrived at the new Tokyo International
Airport at Narita for a concert tour that
now has been canceled.
Officials said customs officers found
219 grams, or 7.7 ounces, of marijuana
in plastic bags in his suitcase during a
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routine inspection. He is said to have
told them the drug was for his personal
use while in Japan.
McCartney and his group "Wings"
had been scheduled to give 11 concerts
in Tokyo, Osaka.and Nagoya from Jan.
21 to Feb. 2.
The Tokyo newspaper sponsoring the
concerts, Yomiuri, canceled the tour.
The paper said 100,000 tickets had been
sold. McCartney's Japanese agent
estimated that $1.8 million would be
OFFICIALS OF the narcotics office
told Japanese reporters McCartney
was cooperative in response to their
questions. They 'gave no details, except
that he said he obtained the marijuana
from friends in the United States, that
he had used marijuana for 11 years and
had been fined in Scotland and Sweden
in 1971 for possessing marijuana.
Philip Symes, McCartney's press
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statement late yesterday that said he
was "still being detained" and "the
narcotics bureau will present further
evidence" to the prosecutor's office
today to seek "further detention."
Symes said "McCartney is being
cooperative" and although the "quan-
tity of marijuana seized is not con-
siderably large, proceedings of the case
are unusually complicated because of
the involvement of many sectors of
A MINISTRY spokesman said the
embassy was told the case could not be
decided by ministry officials alone.
Officials said if McCartney is for-
mally charged and found guilty, he
could be sentenced to seven years in
prison and fined up to $2,000 for
violating narcotics control and customs
According to officials of the Justice
Ministry and the Tokyo prosecutor's of-
fice, the narcotics bureau - which is
under the Health and Welfare Ministry
- can decide within 48 hours after Mc-
Cartney's'arrest whether to send the
case to the prosecutor's office for
possible charges or release him.
IF THE CASE is referred to the
prosecutor's office, it has 72 hours to
decide whether to file formal charges,
release him or detain him for another 10
days for further investigation.
Although Japan enforces its drug
laws strictly, in recent years the courts
have shown leniency in sentencing,
with most first-time offenders being
given fines and probation if they
acknowledge their guilt.
PAUL McCARTNEY, ex-Beatle, is escorted back to the Tokyo Drug Investigation Unit building by police after frenzied fans
blocked the path to a waiting police car. McCartney spent the day being questioned by Japanese authorities about alleged
possession of marijuana.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - If it hadn't
been for rising taxes, Americans would
have finished 1979 in a virtual draw
with inflation, Commerce Department
figures showed yesterday.
The Commerce Department said
total personal income increased 12 per
cent during the year to a total of $2,022.5
billion. The increase nearly matched
the rate of inflation.
AT THE same time, Americans'
savings rate fell to a 30-year low.
Meanwhile, the Commerce Depar-
tment said housing starts fell 14 per
cent last year, although they sur-
prisingly edged upward in December,
A total of 1,742,500 new housing units
were started during the year down from
2,020,300 in 1978. The decline was expec-
ted as a conseqgence of the gover-
nment's actions to raise interest rates
as part of its campaign to control in-
HOWEVER, THERE was an 0.3 per
cent increase in December to 1,527,000,
although building permits continued
their downward slide, dropping five per
cent to 1,204,000 units. The figures were.
at seasonally adjusted annual rates.
While overall income increased last
year, taxes rose at a faster rate, up 15.8
per cent. The result was that after-tax
income increased only 8.7 per cent,
which trailed the rate of inflation.
The figures, contained in the gover-
nment's year-end report on personal
income, illustrate how inflation slices
into income in two ways, once through
higher prices and again through higher
THE TAX increase occurs because
Americans demand more income to
keep pace with rising prices. But as in-
comes - rise, Americans are
automatically pushed into higher tax
brackets, so that a greater share of
their income goes for taxes.
Social Security taxes also increased
significantly during 1979.
Relief'from this jump into higher tax
brackets could be provided in a tax
reduction. However, President Carter
has decided against recommending a
tax cut in the 1981 budget he will send to
Congress on Jan. 28.
PER CAPITA income, after subtrac-
ting taxes, was $7,653 last year, an in-
crease of $614 during the year. Per
capita tax payments were $1,357, an in-
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crease of $175.
Americans obviously drew on their
savings to maintain their living stan*
dards as the savings rate fell to a 30-
year low of 4.5 per cent of income. That
was the lowest since 1949, when it was
3.6 per cent. Savings were 4.9 per cent
of income in 1978.
The savings rate in November was 3.3
per cent, the lowest for any month since
the department began keeping monthly
figures in 1959.
ALTHOUGH THE figures weren't,
complete, it seemed likely the savings,
rate fell even further in Decembersin-
ce spending increased and saving
Personal income increased 1.1 per'
cent in December, the same as in'
November, when income hit the $2
trillion mark for the first time. Per-
sonal income includes income from all'
sources, including wages, rents,'
dividends and government benefits. '
Income from wages and salaries in-'
creased one per cent in December to a
total of $1,282.5 billion. Income frorr*
those two factors was up 11.3 per cent
for the year.
PERSONAL INCOME expenditures'
rose $32.6 billion in December, double
the $16.3 billion increase in November.
Personal savings were $44.9 billion in
December, down from $60.9 billion in;
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve
Board said utilization of the nation's
manufacturing capacity held steady at
84.4 per cent in December, the same a
in November. It was 2.4 per cent below
a year earlier, however.
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