A Japanese businessman was in serious condition last night after being stabbed in the chest in an apparent robbery in Western. Eiji Nozaki, 45, the owner of import and export garment company JAP & Creation Ltd, was found lying semi-conscious on the second-floor staircase of the Guangdong Finance Building in Connaught Road West at about 2.30pm. He was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in a coma but was later listed as serious after undergoing surgery. 'He suffered cut and stab wounds to his abdomen and a knife was still in his chest when he was found by a security guard,' Chief Inspector Wong Tai-tak from Western police station said. 'Before he fell into a coma, he told the guard in Cantonese that he was robbed by two Chinese men. It is possible that there was a struggle during the robbery.' Officers said the victim had told staff that he was going out for lunch when he left his 20th-floor office in the same building at 2.10pm. Chief Inspector Wong said it was possible that the businessman was on his way to his Porsche in the second-floor car park at the time of the attack. He said Mr Nozaki's wallet had not been stolen in the incident and officers were still checking what property may have been taken. A search involving officers from the Emergency Unit and a police dog was launched in the area but there was no trace of the attacker. Last night, officers were checking footage from closed-circuit TV cameras. Mr Nozaki has run a garment business in Hong Kong for about 10 years and lives with his 41-year-old wife in South Bay Road, near Middle Bay. In November last year, retired Japanese businessman Hiroshi Enomoto, 68, died after being found unconscious with a head injury in Tsim Sha Tsui during a visit to the territory. Police are still investigating whether the head injury was caused by an accidental fall or an attack.