Essayist Fumie Kusayanagi, 54, was found dead Tuesday morning in an apparent suicide on the balcony of her apartment on the 46th floor of a condo in Chuo Ward. Police believe she committed suicide because they found a note referring to her suffering from illness.
According to police, Kusayanagi was found by her mother, who lived with her, hanging by a rope from the balcony railing around 5:50 a.m. She was taken to hospital but confirmed dead. Police believe Kusayanagi tied a rope around her neck and then jumped over the railing.
Kusayanagi became a reporter and TV and radio presenter after she was named Miss Tokyo when she was a college student. Recently, Kusayanagi worked for government committees as a campaigner for women and elderly issues.© Japan Today