The former Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa has been found dead in his bed at home. He was 56.
The Liberal Democrat lost the parliamentary seat he inherited from his father in 1983 in August when the LDP crashed to defeat, ending virtually half a century of uninterrupted rule.
He had to resign from the government at the beginning of the year after being visibly drunk at a G7 meeting in Rome.
He was an outspoken nationalist who was minister several times in a number of different jobs. The cause of death has not yet been released.