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Japan

Published on February 23rd, 2016 | by Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Strangled Asami’s body expected to reach Japan today

The body of Japanese murder victim Asami Nagakiya was flown back home on Saturday and is expected to arrive sometime today, according to an official at the Japanese Embassy yesterday. The cost to have her flown back was shared between her relatives in Japan and her friends from the pan fraternity in Trinidad. Her body left Trinidad soil aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight.

Nagakiya, 30, was found dead on Ash Wednesday, her body under a tree at the Queen’s Park Savannah obliquely opposite Queen’s Royal College, Port of Spain. An autopsy, which was done at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, found she had been strangled. Three men and a woman were questioned about her murder but after a few days in custody they were all released pending further enquiries.

Samples of the woman’s body tissue were taken and tests were also done in a bid to determine whether she had been sexually assaulted, but these tests are yet to be completed. Last week, a certificate of clearance was given to the Embassy of Japan to have Nagakiya’s body flown back to her home country for final rites. And National Security Minister Edmund Dillon met with Japanese Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Mitsuhiko Okada, last week to discuss the murder as Japan had earlier issued a travel advisory to its citizens warning of the crime surge in Trinidad and Tobago. Nagakiya, who was in her Carnival costume when her body was found, was playing mas for the first time, with Legacy.

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