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Murder of Japanese young woman is a very regrettable incident, says Japan's Ambassador in Bucharest

The murder of the young Japanese woman is 'a very regrettable incident', Japan's Ambassador in Bucharest Natsuo Amemiya said on Thursday, also adding that he is positive that many people on both sides who put a lot of effort throughout time to strengthen the friendship relations between Romania and Japan are disappointed and shocked.

The Japanese ambassador wishes that the security at the Otopeni International Airport would be tightened both for the foreigners' safety and for the safety of the Romanian citizens.

Natsuo Amemiya said it is regrettable that such an incident happened in Romania, as such incidents can probably happen anywhere in the world. Asked what was the reaction of the victim's family, Natsuo Amemiya said that her parents 'were overcome with grief', given the fact that the victim was young and had her whole life ahead of her.

Japan's Ambassador took part on Thursday in the inauguration ceremony of the equipment Japan's Government donated to the Maria Sklodowska Curie Emergency Children's Hospital located in Bucharest district 4.

Japan's Embassy to Romania believes that the Romanian authorities should take measures meant to improve conditions in airports and means of transport, considering the case of the murdered Japanese student, deputy head of the Japanese diplomatic mission Yoshihiro Katayama said on Wednesday.

'Romania is a beautiful country that deserves to be visited by as many foreign tourists as possible and for this reason, the means of transport connecting the International Henri Coanda Airport and downtown Bucharest must be improved. We hope that the authorities in charge will take all the necessary measures to ensure that such events do not happen again,' Yoshihiro Katayama said.


Late on Aug. 15, around 8.30 p.m. (local time), Vlad Nicolae approached a Japanese young woman within the precincts of the International Henri Coanda Airport (18 km north of Bucharest), by offering to stop a cab for her. The men got into the taxi together with the young Japanese, but they got out after a short distance in an area where the road is bounded on both sides by forest. After about two minutes, the taxi driver saw them on the other side of the road.

Two days after, the body of the young woman was found in a forest located in the area DN1 Corbeanca. The 20-year-old woman had chest and head injuries, as well as leg lesions. The results of the medico-legal autopsy showed that she suffered a violent death.

Vlad Nicolae was arrested on suspicion of being a serial killer.


Mircea Dusa summons Airports Security Committee to set passenger safety measures


Minister of Administration and the Interior Mircea Dusa said on Thursday during a visit he paid to Airport Henri Coanda in Bucharest that the Airports Security Committee will be summoned on Friday and the experts will analyse both the issue of illegal taxis, as well as the context surrounding the event on Otopeni Airport which led to the murder of a young Japanese girl.

At the end of the meeting, the measures required to avoid criminality on the airport will be made public.

'I took this measure as it is my duty as a minister and the Airports Security Committee will be summoned on Friday and the experts will assess these situations. Tomorrow, after the committee session, I will tell you what measures were agreed. Only by passing through the airport, one can surely notice that the measures that had been taken by now must be slightly improve so that the persons landing on Henri Coanda Airport and leaving the building for the parking lot should feel safe,' said Mircea Dusa.

The minister visit took place as the police performed checks on Thursday targeting the taxi-drivers who do their activity on Henri Coanda Airport and whose purpose was to fight piracy and cheating.

The action took place two weeks after a young Japanese girl was waylaid in Henri Coanda Airport, driven in a taxi cab to the edge of a forest in Corbeanca (near Bucharest), robbed and killed.