Via NHK: Japanese actor Akira Kubodera — who had roles in “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” and “Kamen Rider Blade”, was found dead at home in a suspected suicide. He was 43.
Kubodera was found unresponsive at his Tokyo apartment on Friday — 13th November, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital where he was rushed to; his agency announced his death in a press statement on Saturday — 14th November.
Initial police investigations strongly suggest that the cause of death was suicide. As a film and stage actor, Kubodera’s mental well-being was very likely affected by the lack of recent work opportunities due to the effects of COVID-19.
If you are also struggling, please don’t lose hope. There are suicide helplines here in Southeast Asia, and you can talk to someone there:
Kementerian Kesehatan: 150-0454
Befrienders Hotline: 03-79568144 or 03-79568145
The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation Hotline: (02) 804-HOPE (4673) or 0917 558 HOPE (4673)
Manila Lifeline Centre: (02) 8969191
National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 0917-899 8727 or (02) 989-8727 (open 24/7)
Samaritans of Thailand: (02) 713-6793