A former principal of Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High and High School, an elite private school in Tokyo known for its association with members of the Imperial family, has been missing since he left home on Aug. 28, police sources said Wednesday.

Hisaki Tsukada, 66, left home in Tokyo’s Higashi-Ikebukuro district on the morning of Aug. 28 and has not been seen since, they said, adding that he did not leave any message.

Tsukada retired from the school in March and received several tens of millions yen in retirement pay. Since then, he reportedly lost more than 10 million yen in trading oil futures and has incurred debts.

Police have questioned his associates about his whereabouts, police sources said.

Police said Tsukada’s wife reported his disappearance on Sept. 6. She told them she left home earlier than her husband on Aug. 28 and returned home in the evening, but he never came back.

Neighbors reported seeing Tsukada walking in the area at around 10:30 a.m. that day.

He was reportedly carrying a shoulder bag and dressed normally.

Police sources said Tsukada did not leave any message for his wife when he left home, which she said was unusual for him if he had planned to travel out of town. She said he always told her of his plans in advance.

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