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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Japanese Food Company President Found Murdered

Ohigashi Takayuki (surname first), 72, president of the Ohsho Food Service Corp. (Gyoza no Ohsho, 餃子の王将) was shot outside his company's headquarters in Kyoto on December 19, 2013.

Gyoza no Ohsho is a Japanese restaurant chain serving gyōza (fried dumplings) and other Chinese-style food. There are over 600 Ohsho restaurants in Japan.

Ohigashi (pictured above courtesy of the Asahi Shimbun) was found lying in the company parking lot just before 7AM, taken to hospital and pronounced dead, according to someone within the Kyoto Prefectural Police, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Ohigashi had been company president since 2000. And, despite the crappy photo, Ohigashi is presumed to have had eyes.

Unless someone was upset about being served a bad meal of fried dumplings, or was a disgruntled employee, people are talking about Ohigashi's murder as though it was the work of the Yakuza, Japan's famous and infamous crime syndicate.

Well actually, no one is talking about it being a Yakuza hit, which means it probably was.

I know that in Canada - especially in Quebec, we have had rumblings of many food company executives being 'taken out', with rumors of the Mafia being involved...   

With over 8,000 employees in 2013, Osho has been in business since 1967.. and since Ohigashi's untimely demise, it has named managing director Watanabe Naoto (surname first) as its president.

Last month a food scandal involving many hotels and restaurants and food service providers was uncovered - featuring the substitution of lower grade ingredients labeled as higher and more expensive ingredients... but Ohsho was NOT part of that corruption.

Personally, I doubt we'll here more of this story, because if it is a Yakuza hit, the police will want no part of it.

Andrew Joseph

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