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Ex-lawmaker Anri Kawai hospitalized after sleeping pill overdose

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Anri Kawai, a former member of the House of Councillors in the Diet, who was convicted of buying votes, has been hospitalized after taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

According to police, Kawai, 48, called a relative at around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and said “Sayonara,” Fuji TV reported. The relative called police who went to her apartment and found her in a groggy state. She was taken to hospital where doctors said Friday that her life was not in danger.

Police said Kawai told medical staff she had taken at least 20 sleeping pills.

In January 2021, the Tokyo District Court sentenced Kawai to 16 months in prison, suspended for five years, for violation of the Public Offices Election Law after she and her husband paid 1.6 million yen to Hiroshima prefectural assembly members to buy votes for her in the 2019 House of Councillors election.

Her husband, former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, was sentenced to three years in prison last June.

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I hope she recovers and repents. There is still time.

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Yes, it’s becoming quite a mess among people, if all summed up. As if this corona era isn’t already challenging enough, they all still continue with bullying, lawsuits, assaults , violence, the full spectrum of what one can imagine and even more. No break and no mercy in sight for anyone, just so terrible that all.

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Fortunately access to opioids is not so common in Japan, in comparison sleeping pills are safer in these kind of situations.

I would have been great to also include a note in the article about help for people that may be passing by stressful times.

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2nd question, (J ‘attorneys’ please weigh in): Husband Katsuyuki got the actual 3 years prison term with her 16 months suspended for 5 years. IF her suicide attempt is a “Crime”, is it a violation of her suspended sentence and now she has to serve the full 16 months ?

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The Kawai family were thrown to jail to protect more important politicians.

The sentence was a mess, plenty of incongruences and irregularities.

She is dealing with a lot of stress indeed.

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According to police, Kawai, 48, called a relative at around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and said “Sayonara,” Fuji TV reported. The relative called police who went to her apartment and found her in a groggy state. She was taken to hospital where doctors said Friday that her life was not in danger.

At 48?, attention was/ is the goal. Somebody please love me. It’s a politician thing they have to be vindicated by others. And she had no option after being kicked off the political circuit. Me, me I’m so important somebody please tell me that.

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Nowhere does it say anything about an arrest, charges or any “Crime” either @tooheysnew, unless the 20 sleeping pills Anri Kawaii admitted to medical staff she took were not prescribed to her? - If this incident wasn’t “a call for help”, then it seems quite a bit of drama from the LDP politician and an awfully ‘formal’ way to end a evening call with a relative: “Sayonara”.

- @tooheysnew 9:27pm: “no where does it say anthing about suicide.”

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I agree with Cricky. She is seeking attention, and perhaps even victim-status. She is 48, with another forty years of life expectancy, and with no meaningful skills (as a former politician) and no source of income for those four decades (who will hire her or her husband?) It may also be coupled with a mid-life crisis or menopausal feelings, where she simply is wildly lost in her swinging emotions. Many people have mental crises especially right after the holiday season, once the seasonal happiness or euphoria or alcohol-induced glee has evaporated. (And in her case, with her career destroyed and her husband in prison, she already may not have been very euphoric to begin with.)

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Attention seeking, yes. If she really wanted to end it, she would have done it properly AND not made that phone call. Seeking sympathy too, I wonder?

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Why is it when it comes to mental health issues there are those who believe it can only affect the poor

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Got to say Kawai just panicked. This could have manifested in her overdosing, lashing out on staff, or some other public disturbance. She tried, failed, and now deals with the consequences. Hopefully her network puts forth a better effort to maintain her health.

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