Woman hunted after Japanese tourist found stabbed to death in Pampanga

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Woman hunted after Japanese tourist found stabbed to death in Pampanga
Japanese tourist Toshide Kagura, aged 62, whose body was found in a cornfield in Pampanga province last month. He had been stabbed several times in the head and neck. Police are continuing to hunt a woman who was seen in his company on the day before his body was discovered. Pictures both screenshots from TBS News television report.

Police in Pampanga Province are hunting a woman after a Japanese tourist was discovered stabbed to death in corn field.

Former teacher Toshide Kagura, aged 62, was found dead in the Magalang municipality on February 19. The municipality is a few miles north-east of Angeles City.

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According to police, his body had sustained several stab wounds to the head and neck. As well as this, his mouth had been gagged with tape.

According to a report on the Japanese news channel TBS News yesterday (Monday, March 11), Mr Kagura had been a regular visitor to the Philippines over the past three or four years. The tourist was a resident of Japan’s Gifu Prefecture.

An examination of security camera footage taken outside his hotel on the night before his body was discovered showed him in the company of a woman.

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The TBS News report also said: “Kagura is believed to have lent the woman several hundreds of millions of yen.”

One hundred million yen is worth about 47.5 million pesos, or a little under $900,000. 

It has not been clarified what the relationship between Mr Kagura and the woman was, nor why he would have lent her such vast sums of money.

Police investigators have also not revealed whether they have confirmed the woman’s identity.

However, she is now being sought for questioning about the case, which is being treated as a murder investigation.

No further details of the case are available at this time.

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