Japan's ex-finance minister Nakagawa found dead

Nakagawa, 56, was lying face down on a bed at his home in Tokyo's residential district of Setagaya when his wife found him early Sunday.

Japan's ex-finance minister Nakagawa found dead

Former Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who resigned his key post after being forced to deny he was drunk at a G7 news conference in February, has been found dead at his home, police said Sunday.

"We will soon conduct an autopsy and specify the cause of his death," said a spokeswoman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.

Nakagawa, 56, was lying face down on a bed at his home in Tokyo's residential district of Setagaya when his wife found him early Sunday, Jiji Press news agency and other local media reported.

The possibility of suicide is low, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing the police, adding he had been taking sleeping pills. No external injuries were found on his body and a will has not been found, a police spokeswoman said.

"I want to express my heartfelt condolences," current Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii told reporters in Istanbul, where he was at a Group of Seven meeting. "He was doing a fine job as a finance minister, so it is regrettable."

The furore surrounding Nakagawa's resignation was a major embarrassment to ex-Prime Minister Taro Aso, whose Liberal Democratic Party was ousted in an Aug. 30 election in which Nakagawa also lost his seat in parliament's lower house.

A graduate of prestigious University of Tokyo, Nakagawa was an outspoken conservative who entered politics after his father, an LDP heavyweight, who committed suicide in 1983 at the age of 57.


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Last Mod: 04 Ekim 2009, 13:02
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