Former lawmaker Anri Kawai taken to Tokyo hospital after overdosing on sleeping pills

Japan Times -- Jan 21
Former House of Councillors lawmaker Anri Kawai was taken to a hospital in Tokyo by an ambulance after overdosing on sleeping pills on Thursday, police sources said Friday.

Kawai, 48, is not in a life-threatening condition, according to the sources.

The Metropolitan Police Department received an emergency call in the evening from a relative of Kawai who claimed to have been told “goodbye” from her over the phone. Police officers then found the former lawmaker in a stupor at her home.

Kawai was found guilty by the Tokyo District Court of buying votes for herself in the 2019 Upper House election in violation of the public offices election law. In the election, she had won a seat from the Hiroshima prefectural constituency.

参議院選挙をめぐる選挙買収事件で有罪判決を受け、執行猶予中の河井案里元参院議員が20日夜、都内の自宅で睡眠薬を大量に飲み、救急搬送されていたことがわかりました。命に別条はないということです。 - ANNnewsCH