TOKYO - The heads of three Japanese supplier companies hanged themselves in the same Tokyo hotel in a suicide pact.
The three middle-aged men checked into Le Piano Hotel together last Wednesday afternoon. They hanged themselves from ceiling ventilation grilles in separate rooms, using the belts of their white hotel bathrobes.
The men left behind suicide notes and empty whisky bottles from the hotel minibars.
Staff found their bodies later that evening. The suicide note of Masaaki Kobayashi read, 'I've been having trouble raising funds,' police said.
Kobayashi, 51, was president of parts manufacturer Inagi, which supplies components to Nissan and Toyota.
Police identified the other men as his Tokyo-based agents, Masaru Sudo, 49, and Yoshiharu Shoji, 49, both of whom also owned companies.
Credit-squeezed Japanese companies are now busy preparing their year-end accounts.