A video footage of the incident which was taken by a witness using his smart phone was posted in the social media and it went viral among the netizens.
The 78-year old victim, Mr Shimota Esike, was accompanied by an official of the Japanese consulate in Chiang Mai, when he lodged a complaint with Pol Maj-Gen Pacha Rattanapan, deputy commissioner of 5th region provincial police.
A manhunt was immediately ordered with the help of the video footage by Pol Maj-Gen Pacha who regarded the incident as damaging to the image of Chiang Mai.
Shortly afterward, police arrested the driver, 39-year old Arsang Aryeegoo, who allegedly admitted he assaulted the Japanese tourist because he threw the bus fare at him.
The tourist later said that he was satisfied that his assailant was caught and he didn’t want to file any charges at him.
However, police said that the alleged assailant would still face an assault charge which is liable to six months’ imprisonment.