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TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Former Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who resigned from his post after appearing intoxicated at a news conference earlier this year, was found dead in his home Sunday, police said.
The cause of death was not clear and no will was found, police said.
Nakagawa, 56, resigned in February, three days after he appeared intoxicated at the G7 news conference in Rome, Italy. Japan's prime minister quickly appointed Kaoru Yosano, the economics minister, to replace Nakagawa.
Nakagawa's resignation followed an announcement by Japan's main opposition party tha
Originally posted by Takka
It doesn't look like hes intoxicated from alcohol , looks like he's had to many xanax or similar , he can hardly keep his eyes open . perhaps even mdma.
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The Metropolitan Police Department said the possibility of suicide was low and ruled out foul play as no note has been discovered at the residence and there were no signs of trouble in his room.
Nakagawa, 56, dressed in a polo shirt and shorts, was lying face down on a bed on the second floor without any apparent external wounds, the police said. His wife found him limp after going to check on him at around 8:15 a.m. as he did not emerge from the room.
She called for an ambulance about five minutes later, and emergency personnel confirmed his death, they said.
The police said they could not determine the cause of death in an initial examination of Nakagawa's body and will conduct an administrative autopsy, not a judicial autopsy as is done in criminal cases.
A senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker said the coroners did not observe any evidence of a suicide but decided to do an autopsy as the cause of death was not apparent.
Nakagawa had been taking prescribed sleep-inducing medication, and the police said they will investigate the causal relationship between the drug and his death.