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Ex-Diet member Anri Kawai taken to hospital after sleeping drug overdose in Tokyo

Former Diet member Anri Kawai (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Former House of Councillors member Anri Kawai, who was convicted in a vote-buying scandal in the 2019 upper house race, was rushed to a hospital after overdosing on sleeping pills at her apartment in Tokyo, investigative sources have disclosed.

    The sources said that one of Kawai's relatives called emergency services at about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, saying that she was in a bad state. A police officer arrived and found her half-conscious inside her home. She had taken a large amount of sleeping pills, the sources said, but her condition was not life-threatening.

    Kawai, 48, who had stood in the Hiroshima electoral district in the 2019 election, resigned her seat in 2021 after she was found guilty of violating the Public Offices Election Act.

    (Japanese original by Takuya Suzuki, Tokyo City News Department)

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