The popular president of a well-known dumpling restaurant chain in Japan was shot dead on Thursday morning in Kyoto, long-known to be a hotbed of yakuza or organized crime activity. 72-year-old Takayuki Ohigashi was found bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds at a parking lot near the company’s headquarters.
At around 7 a.m. on Thursday, Ohigashi, president of the Gyoza no Ohsho (“King of Dumplings”) chain, was found by one of his employees, bleeding and unconscious at the parking lot in Yamashina Ward. He called emergency services and informed them he was performing “artificial respiration” on his boss. He was confirmed dead by emergency personnel when he was rushed to the nearby hospital. Reports say he sustained at least three gunshot wounds to the right side of his chest and in the abdomen.
The Kyoto Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation, but as of yet have no leads as to the identity of the suspect who fled the scene, or to the motive of the attack on Ohigashi. Sources say he usually arrives at the office at the same time every morning, meaning the assailant knew his schedule and where he usually parked his car. Gun-related crimes are very rare in Japan and incidents involving any type of firearm is usually connected to the yakuza.
[ via Yahoo ]