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Vietnam urges Japan to probe alleged Vietnamese murder case

Vietnam urges Japan to probe alleged Vietnamese murder case

Saturday, March 02, 2024, 14:57 GMT+7
Vietnam urges Japan to probe alleged Vietnamese murder case
This image shows the residential building in Higashiomi City in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where a Vietnamese man, 35-year-old Nguyen Tuan Anh, was found dead on February 26, 2024. Photo: Yahoo Japan/ABC

Vietnam’s representative agencies in Japan have asked local authorities to speed up their investigation to clarify the death of a Vietnamese citizen who allegedly was killed by a Japanese man early this week, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Friday.

The murder was detected on Monday at a residential building in Higashiomi City in Shiga Prefecture and local police detained a suspect killer, Takashi Yamamoto, 49, a day later, according to Japanese media.

The victim, 35-year-old Nguyen Tuan Anh, was found dead in his apartment on the first floor of the building, and Yamamoto, an unemployed man, lived in another apartment on the second floor of the same accommodation.

Immediately after receiving the information about the murder, Vietnamese representative agencies in Japan urgently contacted Japanese authorities to learn more about the case and verify relevant information.  

Under the direction of the foreign ministry, these agencies are closely coordinating with local police in clarifying the killing and urging them to promptly investigate the case and bring the culprit to trial.

These agencies have also contacted the victim’s family and are carrying out necessary procedures in accordance with the laws of Vietnamese as well as the host country.

Anh was a contract employee at a metal processing company near the building.

Earlier on Monday, as Anh was absent from work, his colleagues came to the building that evening and discovered the man lying dead in a pool of blood with neck injuries inside his apartment. 

After being reported about the death, local police rushed to the scene and found blood stains on the staircase between the first and second floors of the building.

After examining the scene and collecting further information, police detained Yamamoto as the suspect killer on the following day.   

The killing happened sometime between 2:40 am on February 23 and 6:40 pm on February 26, according to investigators. 

During an interrogation, Yamamoto admitted to killing the Vietnamese man by stabbing him in the neck with a knife, Japan’s NHK public television reported.

The Japanese man told investigators that he felt like having a problem with noises in daily life.

Local police are continuing with their investigation into the murder case.

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Vinh Tho - Thanh Hien / Tuoi Tre News

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