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Japanese Ambassador Asks National Police Chief for Answers on Tomoko Kawashita’s 2007 Murder

Japanese ambassador Shigekazu Sato, Right

Japanese ambassador Shigekazu Sato, Right

 

BANGKOK – Japanese ambassador Shigekazu Sato yesterday called on the national police chief to speed up the investigation into the 2007 murder of a Japanese tourist.

Tomoko Kawashita, 25, from Osaka, was found dead with her throat slashed near a temple in Sukhothai historical park on Nov 25, 2007.

Several suspects were rounded up for questioning, but all were later released and the investigation has since stalled.

The parents of slain Japanese tourist Tomoko Kawashita visit the scene where their daughter's body was found in Sukhothai province to conduct a religious rite

The parents of slain Japanese tourist Tomoko Kawashita visit the scene where their daughter’s body was found in Sukhothai province to conduct a religious rite

The ambassador met national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew at Royal Thai Police headquarters on Monday, and asked that the case be sped up.

Mr Sato also raised concerns about the safety of the 1.2 million Japanese tourists who visit Thailand each year.

Pol Gen Adul said he would order Pol Lt Gen Wanchai Thanatkij, chief of Police Region 6, to follow up on the murder case.

Japanese murder victim Tomoko Kawashita had saved money for her Thailand trip by taking extra jobs and was especially attracted to the Loy Krathong festival, her parents said.

Yasuaki, Kawashita’s father, said his daughter loved Thailand but had died undeservedly in a country where the people were nice and held the same Buddhist belief as his daughter did.

Speaking through translators, he said: “I cannot comprehend why such a thing has happened to my daughter.”

The father pleaded with those who had clues to the murder to come forward and called for speedy action by Thai police to arrest those responsible.

 

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