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Ohsho President Ohigashi Shot Dead Outside Headquarters

Ohsho President Takayuki Ohigashi
Takayuki Ohigashi, president of Ohsho Food Service Corp., reacts during an interview in Kyoto on March 11, 2011. Ohigashi, 72, died after being shot today outside company headquarters in Kyoto, the company said. Source: Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

Ohsho Food Service Corp. President Takayuki Ohigashi, 72, died after being shot today outside company headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, the company said.

Police are investigating the death and Ohsho can’t comment further, Yutaka Aikawa, a spokesman for the operator of Chinese restaurants, said by phone.

A man was discovered lying in the parking lot of Ohsho’s headquarters at 6:58 a.m. and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said a spokesman at Kyoto Prefectural Police, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The man was confirmed as Ohigashi, Miki Watanabe, a spokeswoman at the Kyoto City Fire Department, said by phone.

Ohigashi began serving as president of Ohsho in 2000, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company had more than 8,191 employees as of March, according to the data.

Ohsho opened its first outlet in Kyoto in 1967 and has more than 500 restaurants, according to the company’s website. The outlets will be open as normal today, Aikawa said.

The company’s board held an extraordinary meeting today and appointed managing director Naoto Watanabe as new president, according to a statement to the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Watanabe joined the company in 1979 and became a board member in 2004.

Ohsho declined 3.5 percent to 3,000 yen at the close of trading in Tokyo, the lowest level since July 10. Japan’s benchmark Topix index rose 1 percent.

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