Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Shokei Arai, who was about to be arrested for allegedly earning 29 million yen in illicit profits from Nikko Securities Co., hanged himself in a Tokyo hotel room Thursday, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Arai, 50, was found hanging in a room at the Le Meridien Pacific Tokyo hotel near JR Shinagawa Station. He was staying on the 23rd floor, the MPD said.

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