Indian police were last night investigating whether the apparent suicide of a senior executive of a scandal-hit Japanese firm was related to the company's problems back home.
Reports said the body of Tsutomu Omori was found hanging from a railing in a children's play area at an upscale apartment complex in the satellite city of Gurgaon, south of Delhi. Both Gurgaon, and Omori's apartment complex, The Icon, are popular with foreign executives.
The 48-year-old was head of Olympus Medical Systems India and apparently left at least two suicide notes.
In one, he wrote: "I am ashamed and sorry for the trouble."
Last night, an official at the Japanese Embassy, who asked not to be identified, said police were investigating what may have led Omori to take his life. Asked if there was any evidence to link the death with Olympus's well-documented problems, the official said: "The background is being looked into by local police, so we cannot say."
Olympus, maker of cameras and medical equipment, found itself at the centre of a US$1.7 billion scandal last year after admitting to having repeatedly concealed huge investment losses.