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Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi dies at 40

Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi found dead at her Tokyo home at the age of 40.

Police have launched an investigation and suspect the mother of two took her own life, media reports say.

She is said to have been found by her actor husband Taiki Nakabayashi at their home in Shibuya Ward. Her death was confirmed at hospital.




Ms Takeuchi was a popular actress in Japan, having appeared in many films and TV series during her career.

She was known for her roles in television series Asuka, Pride, FlashForward and Miss Sherlock as well as films such as Yomigaeri and Dog in a Sidecar

For three years in a row, between 2004 and 2007, Ms Takeuchi won best actress in a leading role at the Japanese Academy Awards.



Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world although figures have dropped since preventative measures were introduced in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

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