Olympus executive kills himself

One of the top executives of Japan’s scandal-ridden Olympus appears to have hanged himself in a park outside New Delhi.

According to Reuters, Tsutomu Omori, 49, was head of Olympus’s medical equipment business in India. His body was found hanging from a boundary wall by a gardener in the park, which was part of an apartment complex in Gurgaon, just outside the capital, in Harayana.

Police have recovered two suicide notes written in Japanese. While one of them was meant for Omori’s family, the other note only said “I am sorry for bothering you” in Japanese.”

It is not clear if the death is related to the accounting fraud which has knocked Olympus for six. Omori was not one of the executives who was arrested in a sweep last week, nor does there appear to have been a request for him to be interviewed by Inspector Knacker of the Tokyo Yard.

One suspects that if shareholders were looking for people in the firm to perform any ultimate sacrifice over their antics in the accounting deal, Omori would have been well down the list.