The body of a man found in the sea off Otaru in Hokkaido on Sunday morning was identified as that of JR Hokkaido President Naotoshi Nakajima, police said Sunday.
Nakajima disappeared last Monday morning after leaving several suicide notes to his family and company executives at his house. His car was found abandoned on a coastal road in Ishikari near Sapporo.
NHK reported that the body was found shortly before 8 a.m. and quoted police as saying that the body had been in the water for several days.
Nakajima had been under intense pressure since a JR Hokkaido train derailed and caught fire in a tunnel in May. More than 35 passengers suffered injuries. In July, the transport ministry ordered JR Hokkaido to improve its safety procedures.
Nakajima’s disappearance came just days before the board of directors met with the ministry on Friday to present their plan to improve safety.© Japan Today