The chief of a police station in in Tainai, Niigata Prefecture apparently hanged himself in a park on Monday night, police said Tuesday.
According to police, the body of Yoshinobu Yahagi, 53, was found in a park near the station by another police officer at about 8:15 p.m., NTV reported. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said that Yahagi called the station at 7:30 p.m. and asked an officer to go and check his room at the police dormitory where Yahagi lived. The officer found Yahagi's will and personal letters there, NTV reported.
Police said they are investigating to try and determine a motive for the apparent suicide. Media reported late Tuesday that Yahagi had been the subject of an internal investigation by the police department but gave no details.© Japan Today