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The 35 year-old comedian flew into Tokyo with his wife Katy Perry but was sent packing.
Brand was there to support Katy as she embarked on the Asian leg of her California Dreams World Tour.
However, he was left red faced when authorities told him his previous misdemeanours meant he couldn't enter the country.
Perry broke the news on Twitter saying she was very sad as Japan is her favourite place but said the 'show must go on'.
Russel managed to find the funny side of his situation, tweeting: ‘Planning escape from Japanese custody. It's bloody hard to dig a tunnel with a chopstick.’