Noguchi commits suicide

Asahi: Key figure in Livedoor scandal kills self as prosecutors start questioning officials

Noguchi’s death came as prosecutors started questioning officials in the Livedoor conglomerate over the suspected stock-price manipulation of an affiliate, Livedoor Marketing Co.

They also plan to question Livedoor President Takafumi Horie not only about the affiliate’s actions, but also about suspected window-dressing of accounts at Livedoor group companies.

Noguchi would have likely been one of those questioned.

Meanwhile, the plot thickens:

Mainichi: Livedoor repeatedly made false takeover announcements of firms it already controlled

Mainichi: Tokyo Stock Exchange looks to de-list scandal-tainted Livedoor

I previously mentioned the Livedoor scandal here.