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Japan Refuses Entry to Paris Hilton


U.S. celebrity socialite Paris Hilton left Japan Wednesday after authorities banned her from entering the country due to her recent drug conviction.

Hilton flew out of Tokyo's Narita Airport aboard a private airplane the day after arriving for a promotional tour for her fashion designer business. She underwent several hours of questioning by immigration officials Tuesday and Wednesday before dropping her request to enter Japan.

The 29-year-old heiress to the global Hilton hotel chain pleaded guilty Monday in Las Vegas to a charge of possessing a small amount of cocaine, for which she received a suspended sentence. Japanese immigration laws forbid anyone convicted of drug-related charges from entering the country.

Shortly before leaving Tokyo, Hilton sent out a message via the social networking site Twitter that she was disappointed "to miss my fans in Asia."

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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