Missing Ex-JR Hokkaido President Found Dead

A man found dead at a port in the town of Yoichi, Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, on Wednesday morning has been identified as missing former Hokkaido Railway Co. President Shinichi Sakamoto, 73, local police and other sources said.

The body was discovered in the water at the port around 8:20 a.m. (11:20 p.m. Tuesday GMT). There were no major wounds on the body.

The Hokkaido police department confirmed the dead man as Sakamoto by fingerprints and other data on Wednesday afternoon. His car was found near the port.

It is highly likely that Sakamoto has committed suicide although no suicide note has been found, according to the police.

Sakamoto, currently adviser at the railway operator, better known as JR Hokkaido, had been scheduled to attend a meeting of a business organization from 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials of the company.


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