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Japanese tourist found dead on Kuta beach

A Japanese woman’s body was found on Kuta beach yesterday afternoon, according to Tempo Interactive news site.

The body was semi-naked and some of her possessions were found with the body. The woman came to Bali with a female friend and had been seen together at her hotel, Hotel Prani in Legian, with a local Indonesian man.

Update: Just found this story from JapanToday. The tourist is identified as Rika Sano.

‘‘We are still investigating the cause of her death. So far, I can only say that she was the victim of violence,’’ he said, adding her body is being kept at the Sanglah General Hospital for an autopsy.

According to Marpaung (detective unit chief at the Bali Police Headquarters), Sano checked into the Prani Hotel in Kuta with her friend Mayumi Someya, 30, on Thursday night, and at around 2:30 a.m. Friday, a man claiming to be a policeman led her away from her hotel.

According to the online news portal Tempo Interaktif, the man showed police identification and a badge to the hotel’s security officer and said Sano was a drug trafficker.

Japanese are only second to Australians in tourist numbers and are well known for how much they spend on holiday. The story is likely to be covered at length by the Japanese media, because of the brutality of the crime and the way the perpetrators allegedly posed as police officers.

Update #2: Just found another new article in the Straits Times:

‘The body was lying face down, half-naked in a bush, with only her black shirt on. We also found her mobile phone, underwear and a bag,’ he said.

‘The motive of the crime is unknown and is being investigated by our team.

We conducted an autopsy late last night but we can’t reveal the results now,’ said police spokesman I Gede Sugianyar.

The police are now denying that the perpetrator impersonated a policeman.

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22 Responses to Japanese tourist found dead on Kuta beach

  1. steve September 29, 2009 at 3:30 am #

    I’m French and I live in Bali. I often feel sad to see or hear that Japanese tourists are the favourite prey for cheaters and criminals in Bali.
    It’s not the 1st time Japanese girls get rapped or killed in Bali.
    I hope many japanese will read such news and start getting aware that Bali is not without risks for them.
    I often see Japanese tourists accompanied by guides who look like crooks and Japanese girls going out with guys that no Indonesian girl would ever look at.
    Hopefully Japanese tourists in Bali will get wiser, learn to say no and reject offers from “beach predators”.

  2. Mike September 29, 2009 at 6:51 am #

    Yeah, it’s a tragedy. I don’t know what the answer is, but I hope this will be a wake up call for Japanese and any tourists visiting Bali. I lived in Japan for a long time and I know how Japanese can be too trust worthy towards people. The fact that the guy pretended to be a policeman also really worries me and that it didn’t set off any alarm bells with the hotel security.

  3. Hann Farrell October 7, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    Please remember..

    Do not trust anybody..

  4. Cinta Bali October 19, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    steve says:
    I’m French and I live in Bali. I often feel sad to see or hear that Japanese tourists are the favourite prey for cheaters and criminals in Bali.
    It’s not the 1st time Japanese girls get rapped or killed in Bali.
    I hope many japanese will read such news and start getting aware that Bali is not without risks for them.
    I often see Japanese tourists accompanied by guides who look like crooks and Japanese girls going out with guys that no Indonesian girl would ever look at.
    Hopefully Japanese tourists in Bali will get wiser, learn to say no and reject offers from “beach predators”.

    steve, I could’t agree more with you!

    let me tell u little “secrets” about
    why japanese girls are the most favourite victims for what so called “Kuta Beach Boys”? a real beach boy (he is really good surfer unlike kuta predators)once told me:
    1. jap girls are mostly naive. (i think it’s a bit subjective)
    2. they too shy to say “NO!” (it’s impolite for them)
    3. their body relatively small (means more “weak” and sexually more attractive to also same asian race like “beach boy”)
    4. they usually only laugh if u touch their body (touched by “beach Boy”)
    5. there’s money in their pocket (they are on vacation, right?)

    so, if u can touch a “naive” girl who has more money then you and always say “HAIK” “ARIGATO” to you then what is in your mind(at least Beach boy mind)? SEX and YEN!!
    well.. i tell you it mostly works for the beach predators but some fail and ended like rika sano
    and believe me the are many rape and sexual harrasment to jap gals but they did’t tell police (they shy)

    i tell u sensitive issue (sounds racist) about the “beach Boys” : the fact said that most of them are not Balinese, mostly a from java (only live temporary in bali) . isn’t ironic?

    • Lepanto December 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

      Just another stupid Yellow Cab with no clue what’s going on in the world nor Japan. You have no idea the number of Japanese women that get rapped in Japan when at school/university/company by so called “friends” from the “group”. Of course this case won’t be investigated because they want to hire how sick Japanese are. No way to get justice

  5. james December 3, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    sure“beach Boys” : the fact said that most of them are not Balinese, mostly a from java (only live temporary in bali) . isn’t ironic?

    when u ask about their religion they will lie to u because they will shame,so many of them are”MURTAD”for money

    • vitha kalalo December 28, 2009 at 1:52 am #

      hy there…im live n working in bali…n im javanese.

      i knew that “beach boys” just wanna take their money…
      but its not about where they come from or what their religion.

  6. alex December 3, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    it’s true“beach Boys” : the fact said that most of them are not Balinese, mostly from outside of bali (only live temporary in bali) .
    when u ask to beach boys about the religion they will lie.because its embarrased to their religion.many of them are”MURTAD”
    just because the money

  7. vitha kalalo December 28, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    im sorry to hear this news…i live in bali.im indonesian girl.n im working as a public relation at one of nite club in bali.
    i hope japanese tourist can be wiser….cus sometimes i saw japanese girls comes to my club with a beach boy that look very dangerously.eventough im indonesian,honestly…i dont like them…cuz i know whats in their head.
    they just wanna take money from that girl.
    so be more carefully n stay away from thoose guy…im lil bit supprised about this killed thing.
    i just want to make sure that bali is SAFE.

  8. Juan Pablo December 28, 2009 at 3:53 am #

    Yup! I agree with you Vitha! It has nothing to do with religion, and I understand your position but pls don’t get me wrong, according to police official data about crime in Bali,most serious crime case in Bali did it by Javanese! We can’t deny that.
    And i just read the news that -AGAIN- japanese woman found killed!!

    “A Japanese woman found dead on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali had multiple stab wounds and her legs had been tied together, police said Sunday.
    The naked body of Hiromi Shimada, 41, was found late Saturday in the house she rented near the popular tourist coastal town of Kuta, Bali provincial police spokesman Col. Gede Sugianyar said.
    “We found her body in bad condition with several stab wounds in her stomach,” Sugianyar said.
    He said police continue to investigate the scene and question residents in the area.
    Shimada’s body was taken to Sanglah Hospital for an autopsy and the Japanese Consulate on Bali has been notified, he said.
    In a separate slaying case of a Japanese tourist, police have arrested a man for the death of Rika Sano, 33, who was killed in September near Bali’s Kuta beach. They arrested David Goltar Wicaksono, 26,from West JAVA, in early October and he is being held on suspicion of murder.” (Jakarta Post)

    Over and over again!!! I’m crying now.. I love Bali soooo much! But sad to say…Bali is in serious trouble now!

  9. Vivian Wong December 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I’m a Chinese Indonesian and I’ve heard a lot about how Indonesian guys love Eastern girls look alike, especially Japanese. The absolute differences between us, the Chinese Indonesians and the Japanese, are that most of us never feel interested in local guys at all, especially those dark skinned ones looking like pure crooks, whom Japanese girls are crazy about!! The other difference is that Japanese girls are just too naive! And they won’t get mad when those beach boys touch them. It’s a total opposite with the Chinese who will absolutely ignore them even when they’re just saying “good morning, girl.”

    I also agree with Juan Pablo. It is TRUE that most crimes in Bali done by Javanese. Therefore I strongly urge the Balinese police to strictly ‘filter’ those new comers from Java or the already settled Javanese with no clear jobs in Bali!

  10. halayudha January 2, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    i was from jakarta and i have been living in singapore for almost 10 years now. and tell you what, each time i am on my vacation in any places (bali included) in indonesia, my mind is always alert to any possibilities of crime.
    when you live in a city like jakarta too long, your mind is well trained. you realize you can be victims of crime any time any where.

  11. Nyoman Sumerta February 15, 2010 at 12:12 am #

    Om Swastiastu…

    Hello everyone, I’m Balinese live in Bali (of course :>) 1st of all I want to send my sympathy to all Japanese girls/women, especially in Bali. And my comment here is not a generalization. Let’s put Japanese women as the victim in this context not the cause. They’re the victim of the Japanese culture itself. Japan actually a traditional country with modern technology. In the conservative world, women/girls must “act like women/girls” and it’s more “extreme” in Japanese context. Girls must act as childlike as they can even though they’re over 25 or 30 years old! Cuteness, politeness, obedient, submissive, girlie, and childlike or something like that is a must for Japanese women/girls. These characteristics become “boomerang” –in this case- whilst they’re in Bali especially in Kuta -the most favorite place for Japanese women tourist- Unfortunately, Kuta filled with predators! (I borrow this “Predator” term from other forumers in this forum and actually I agree with this term) Japanese are cute, childlike, almost always giggles, girlie and little bit naïve in some points, they’re shy, lonely and don’t have much friends. This typical shows “weakness” and if women/girls show their “weakness” in Kuta, no doubt, you’ll be the victim! The predators know it and exploit those girls sexually and financially.

    About the Javanese Issue in this forum, I must say that there is a worry in Balinese society about the ”invasion” of outsiders especially from Java and Sumatra which has different tradition and religious background to Balinese . That’s why Balinese refuse the idea to make a bridge from Java Island to Bali. I think this refusal is a soft message about survival not blaming or “chauvinism”. By the way, I don’t want to talk about this issue any longer. The most important thing for us as Bali lover is to make this unique island still exist. Let’s make this island as the last paradise not lost paradise.

    Matur suksma, om shanti shanti shanti om.

    Thx everyone and forgive my “messy” English:)

  12. Mii May 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Oh some of you, stop talking nonsense, please! I have lived in Japan and I have seen how Japanese tourists behave when I am abroad.

    Any Japanese woman who loves to go traveling overseas alone or with “female” friends, can NOT be that naive, pure, polite, or “only giggles when a man touches her body!”

    The reason why Japanese women often got raped, robbed, or both, or even got killed, was simply because they did NOT say “YES” to the man, because she is not interested in this guy sexually or emotionally. So when this man with a purpose or intention was turned down by this Japanese woman, got really angry yet already turned on by her already. He thought she hurt his pride, then he lost his mind and did something terrible like a monster.

    Being a Asian female, one just must be wise and cautious especially during a vacation visiting an exotic island. But Japanese women are actually too open in their attitude and too much exposure on their clothing, and they like to drink bear and other alcohol, so that was how it had misled a lot of nasty men out there.

    • Charles Martel August 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

      Mii,
      your post is the best out of the lot by far. Such a sensible comment. It is a tragedy no doubt, but this women should have had her wits about her and should have not trusted these men. Also a woman has to be clear about what her intentions are if she invites a man, or men back to her hotel. She has to know what the guy’s/guys’ intentions are also. If common sense and intelligence had prevailed, then this victim would still be alive today. Women need to stop giving mixed/unclear signals otherwise they invite crocodiles to do evil things to them.

      I have lived in Indo before and like the country. My favourite place is Bali, although Java is nice too. I think Indo people are very friendly.
      However I will say this:
      I am angry at how the Javanese and other Indonesians are wrecking the island of Bali and a lot of them are leeches and opportunists coming to the island to exploit it as it is obviously a tourist mecca and a goldmine for them. If they had preserved their own cultures like the Balinese rather than turning to and following a puritan, strict, hardcore and joyless religion like Islam, then they could have had their own tourist meccas too. They want to have their cake and eat it too. They should leave the Balinese alone and respect the island’s culture and not use it as one uses a whore. Make your own paradise and stop exploiting the fruits of a paradise you did nothing to cultivate and develop.

  13. CrownDevil May 19, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    I’ve seen riots here and there on television by these indonesians. I think they are really good for nothing. Well, that’s the fact isn’t?

  14. ari May 12, 2011 at 5:34 am #

    I’ve read some posts sisters from different countries about the bad image of the island of Bali, and tragedies that befall our brother (Japanese women), this is certainly sad ..
    as people born in Bali and as the host I’m sorry ..
    we certainly less wise judge it from the point of distinction of race, nation, skin color and culture ..
    I rate this a bad thing as government security measures that are less good.
    Bali such as flowers begin to bloom .. grow, many activities and visits by tourists from various countries .. but not getting good treatment from the government and society bali.tidak only in the security sector, transportation and other hygiene and of course .. this because lack of public knowledge such as Bali.dan sometimes forget myself ..
    Bali has to learn a lot how to behave and respect the guests, must learn lgi about a genuine service attitude and iklas the guests (as shoppers) .. because the guest / customer is king … which in turn will provide a genuine benefit as well ..
    I hope the relatives and friends in all parts of the world ..
    Bali came to visit us … .. but still be careful …
    do not be careless .. so as not to invite bad intentions of the ignorant ..
    visit bali .. and make this island so beautiful ..

  15. Sonny March 7, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Just got back from Bali a few weeks ago and will be Kuta again in a few weeks. My observation: same naive (dumb-arssed?) Jap chicks strutting around and throwing their yens like there’s no tomorrow. An an American expats who have lived and worked for decades in Asian cities like Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, BBK, KL, Jakarta and Saigon–my take on this is that here (Bali) as anywhere, when you sprinkle bloods into the waters the sharks will come prowling for prey sooner or later. In every socity there are criminal lowlifes the likes of “Kuta Cowboys” and when you have easy money and sex dangling in front of these $2-a-day farmers, is it hard to imagine a spike in nefarious activities. It’s classic supply and demand economics. It’s like blaming drug dealers for drug proliferation. While these Jap women are indeed tragic victims, they are prone or targeted by criminals because of certain attributes that invite easy pickings by local thugs. Hence, they are making Bali a little more dangerous with their idiocity even though they only make up the second largest foreign tourist group visiting the island behind the Aussies, whom you don’t see being vicitimized in such disproportionate number. Clearly, these women are victims but they are also the principal cause of their own demise, through which they are also endangering other foreign tourists with their stupidity! We in the West tend to blame the criminals and porstitutes but never question what the ramifications perpetatrated by Western sex tourists (ie, old fat bald perved pedophile-geezers) preying on local teenage girls in Thailand, Cambodia and all over SE Asia. Something to think about…

  16. Lexis September 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    You know what? The fact is that those horny and generous Japanese ladies who came to Bali for those ugly fucking beach thugs every year are to be blame as well cause they give those ugly fucking thugs the impression that all Japanese girls who came to Bali are so open and easy target for them to prey on! Please wake up your mind Japanese ladies out there, just walk away and leave the place or seek help from the police if those beach thugs try to harass you next time!

  17. Kelly July 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    This story has nothing to do with some of the comments posted. The man showed police identification and asked her to come with him.

    “According to the online news portal Tempo Interaktif, the man showed police identification and a badge to the hotel’s security officer and said Sano was a drug trafficker.”

    The outrageous behavior of loud, drunk tourists in Bali is well documented, but that’s not the case in this story. She was a female traveling with a friend and was targeted by a killer. Let’s not blame the victim.

    This clip shows the dangers of the new Bali, that anyone visiting should be aware of-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fTC5tV3Wnc

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