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Language barrier made Olympus executive a loner

india Updated: Feb 22, 2012 01:14 IST
Leena Dhankhar

A day after the managing director of Olympus Medical Systems India committed suicide by hanging himself in the park of his apartment complex in Sector 43, it is still not clear what drove him to take the extreme step.

Known to be an introvert and a disciplinarian, Tsutomi Omori, lead a lonely life with no interaction with his neighbours at The Icon apartments.

The Japanese national moved to the city two years ago when he was asked to head the Indian operations.

The deceased left a suicide note written in Japanese saying: "I am sorry for bothering you all."

Three other notes, addressed to his father Shido Omori, wife Yuko and two sons Kotaro and Tomoya, have also been found. He had also mentioned his father's telephone number on the letter.

Interestingly, Omori used his company notepads to write the messages (a copy of which is in the possession of HT).

The victim's family members, including his wife and two sons, are likely to arrive from Japan on Wednesday.

Olympus has been at the centre of one of Japan's biggest accounting scandals in recent years. Three executives of the camera and medical equipment manufacturing company were arrested in Tokyo last week. The police are yet to ascertain if Omori's death is linked to the scam. The company said it is not aware of the circumstances of his death or any other details.

A company official, however, said, "Omori had a language problem and hardly interacted with anyone in office. He started the office in Gurgaon and was incharge of eight branches all over India. The Gurgaon office team has 80 people but he was very reserved and was not very friendly with his colleagues. The company had provided him with a Honda City car and the driver used to pick and drop him."

He added, "Omori was very particular about things and lived in discipline. He never let the driver take the car and took back the keys in evening."

The Gurgaon police had informed the Japanese Embassy after the body was spotted by a gardener.

An official completed the documentation on Tuesday and said the deceased's family would take the body to Japan where the cremation would be done as per their traditions. The Embassy is in touch with the family.

According to the police, Omori was not very friendly and did not interact in the neighbourhood. Probably, no one would have even known if he had committed suicide in his flat.

"The note for his sons had more lines in Japanese than the other three notes," said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Maheswar Dayal.

According to the police team, the incident might have taken place between 8pm and 10pm on Sunday and gardener Raj Kumar saw the body and informed the security guards of the apartment on Monday morning.

It has also been learnt that Omori used to frequently visit Komachi restaurant on the 3rd floor of MGF Plaza Mall to have authentic Japanese food. He also used to get food packed from the eatery often.