Mom of California college student jailed in Japan pleads for his release  

The mother of a California college student who has been been in Japan for nearly nine months for breaking a lamp at a bar, is pleading for his release.  

Leah Smith said her son, Julian Adame, was traveling abroad when he was arrested and jailed in Toyko in May 2018. 

The University of Redlands student had been bar-hopping with two people he had met at his hostel. 

According to a GoFundMe account created by Smith, the college senior fell asleep at one of the bars. 

California college student, Julian Adame (pictured), was traveling abroad when he was arrested and jailed in Tokyo, Japan, for breaking a lamp

California college student, Julian Adame (pictured), was traveling abroad when he was arrested and jailed in Tokyo, Japan, for breaking a lamp

California college student, Julian Adame (pictured), was traveling abroad when he was arrested and jailed in Tokyo, Japan, for breaking a lamp

His mom, Leah Smith (pictured), is still pleading for his release

His mom, Leah Smith (pictured), is still pleading for his release

Julian Adame

Julian Adame

His mom, Leah Smith (left), is still pleading for his release. ‘I’m losing it now at this point too,’ Smith said. ‘I just want him home. This is ridiculous, he’s not a criminal’

‘He woke to a policeman informing him he had broken a lamp and must pay 100,000 yen for it, roughly $900,’ the account reads. 

Adame’s mother said her son had been warned about Japanese gang members disguising themselves as officers to rob tourists. 

Fearing the officers were gang members, Adame refused to let them see his passport. 

He then ‘called 911 thirteen times’ as he was being transported to a community police box. 

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‘Once at the hostel, an officer attempted to handcuff Julian. Startled, he resisted arrest. The police charged him with the Obstruction of the Performance of Official Duties, a minor, nonviolent, nondrug offense,’ his mother said. 

Since Adame’s arrest, his mother has hired a translator to help negotiate the cost of the lamp’s replacement and figure out how much his fine will be. 

According to Smith, her son's lawyer said the lamp will cost around $850, but that price is being negotiated

According to Smith, her son's lawyer said the lamp will cost around $850, but that price is being negotiated

The lawyer also told the worried mother that Adame's fine can reach $5,000 max for the offense

The lawyer also told the worried mother that Adame's fine can reach $5,000 max for the offense

Since Adame’s arrest, his mother has hired a translator to help negotiate the cost of the lamp’s replacement and figure out how much his fine will be 

‘I’m losing it now at this point too,’ Smith told Fox 40. ‘I just want him home. This is ridiculous, he’s not a criminal.’

According to Smith, her son’s lawyer said the lamp will cost around $850, but that price is being negotiated. 

The lawyer also told the worried mother that Adame’s fine can reach $5,000 max for the offense. 

Adame’s most recent hearing was scheduled for December 12, but the trial was postponed until mid-February. 

Smith told Fox 40 that the US embassy in Tokyo is forwarding her letters from her son. 

One letter says, ‘I love you so much’ while another reads: ‘I’m scared and want to come home.’  

Smith said she is still fighting to bring her son home and started the GoFundMe to help raise funds to continue to pay for a translator and eventually her son’s flight home. 

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