Originally Posted by dagreat1
They are not tested in PRIDE so basically, yes they are legal. You probably could not go in for the weigh-in and say, "man those cycles were great", "I'm juiced for this fight", or "Mr. Sakakibara, could you please stick this needle in my ass" but if they are not testing for them, that basically makes them legal unless you are a dumb shit who openly talks about roiding, then maybe they would do something.
I disagree with your opinion that they are de facto legal. PRIDE has just been linked to the Yakuza and if the Japanese government wanted to put pressure on PRIDE they could start investigating all the fighters for steroid use, assuming that they are illegal in Japan.
Can someone give us a definite answer on whether they are legal in Japan? I know a lot of former Soviet Republics and possibly even Russia allow steroid use.