Freelance TV announcer Ako Kawada, 29, was found dead in her car in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Monday morning, in what police believe was a suicide. Police said they received a call from a passerby just after 6 a.m., saying that a woman was slumped in the front seat of her car. When police arrived, they found Kawada dead and two charcoal briquettes in the backseat.
The car was parked up the road from where she lived, police said, adding there was a note on the front seat addressed to Kawada’s parents. Kawada, who was born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, was on the TBS network from 2002 until March 2007. Since then, she has been a freelance announcer, most recently for TV Asahi’s “Saturday Scramble” program. On her blog last week, Kawada had said she was worn out and needed a break.