Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Japanese exec found dead

An executive of a securities firm allegedly involved in corporate takeover deals by Livedoor Co. was found dead in an apparent suicide, police said Thursday.
A body believed to be Hideaki Noguchi, vice president of H.S. Securities Co., was found in a hotel in the southern state of Okinawa Wednesday evening, according to local police spokesman Tatsuki Yara. (Story: Tokyo stocks open higher after two rough days)
Police suspect that Noguchi, 38, committed suicide, Yara said.
H.S. Securities is among the companies raided by prosecutors in connection with fraudulent practices by Livedoor, according to Kyodo News agency.
Officials at the securities firm refused to confirm the report.


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