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Japanese actress Sei Ashina found dead in suspected suicide

Japanese actress Sei Ashina pictured in July 2019. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese actress Sei Ashina was found dead at her Tokyo apartment by family on Monday morning, her agency said, following what investigative sources believe was a suicide.

    The 36-year-old Ashina, who began her career as a fashion model, starred in numerous movies and TV series including the NHK period drama "Yae no Sakura" (Yae's Sakura) and the police drama "Aibo" (Partner).

    The Fukushima Prefecture native also landed a role in the 2007 film "Silk," an adaptation of an Italian novel of the same name, in which a French silkworm smuggler and his wife, played by Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley, journey to Japan in search of silkworms in the 19th century.

    Ashina made her voice acting debut in the Japanese language version of the 2011 American TV series "Revenge" as the leading character Emily Thorne, and most recently appeared in the TV series "Theseus no Fune" (Ship of Theseus) and the movie "AI Hokai" (AI Amok) released in January.

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    -- List of suicide prevention hotlines

    TELL Lifeline (English) https://telljp.com/lifeline/

    Telephone hotline: 03-5774-0992 (9 a.m.-11 p.m. daily)

    Online chat: https://telljp.com/lifeline/tell-chat/ (Fri.-Sun., 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.)

    Counseling inquiries: 03-4550-1146 (Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

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    Federation of Inochi no Denwa (literally "telephone of life") can be reached by phone at 0570-783-556 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Federation Inochi no Denwa also accepts toll-free phone consultations on the 10th of every month from 8 a.m. until 8 a.m. the following day at 0120-783-556

    The Federation's website is here: http://www.inochinodenwa.org/

    A list of hotlines by regions affiliated with the center can be found here: http://www.inochinodenwa.org/lifeline.php

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    The Tokyo suicide prevention center, a member of the nonprofit organization Befrienders Worldwide, can be reached every day from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. (from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Thursdays) at 03-5286-9090, or at http://www.befrienders-jpn.org/

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