Ex-Japanese Lawmaker Miyake Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Society

Tokyo, Jan. 6 (Jiji Press)--Former Japanese lawmaker Yukiko Miyake has been found dead on a Tokyo beach in an apparent suicide, sources familiar with the investigation by police said Monday.

Miyake, 54, a former member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, had been missing since Dec. 30, when she left her home in the capital, the sources said.

A shoe believed to be Miyake's was found at a wharf on Tuesday, and her body was discovered on the seashore in a different location on Thursday, the sources said.

Miyake had struggled with a chronic disease, the sources said.

She had sent an email to her family before her disappearance suggesting that she would kill herself, while leaving a suicide note at her home, the sources said.

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