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Palawan Police Consider Yakuza Link In Brutal Killing Of Japanese Tourists

Their bodies were chopped up
by Andrei Medina | Jun 6, 2017
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The local police in the province of Palawan are checking out the possible involvement of Japan’s infamous Yakuza syndicate in the brutal killing of two Japanese nationals who mysteriously went missing while touring Coron last week.

According to Palawan police chief Supt. Gabriel Lopez, they are planning to reach out to their Japanese counterparts to solve the case, the Inquirer reports.

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“We are coordinating with other agencies to establish possible links with the Yakuza,” Lopez said.

Earlier, authorities arrested six suspects including Hiroyuki Nagahama, a Japanese entrepreneur who frequently visits Palawan and is believed to be the mastermind behind the killing. Nagahama has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, some of the other suspects, who are all locals, confessed to the crime.


They said they shot 59-year-old Itanu Masaru and 24-year-old Arai Yoshihiro then dismembered their remains. Pieces of their chopped up bodies were dumped into the waters while the boat they rode was made to sink underwater to get rid of potential evidence.

Authorities are currently considering insurance fraud as one of the likely motives for the crime. The suspects on the other hand are facing multiple murder charges.


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