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Probe into murder of national on agenda of visiting Japanese minister

Japan’s justice minister is visiting Thailand on December 13 to follow up on investigations into the murder of one of its nationals, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin said on Friday.

Japanese tourist Tomoko Kawashita, 25, was found dead in the Sukhothai Historical Park area on May 25, 2007.

Japan’s Ambassador to Thailand informed Somsak that the Japanese minister will inquire about the progress of investigations and has expressed appreciation for Thailand’s cooperation.

Somsak told the ambassador that the Institute of Forensic Science has accelerated DNA testing to find male and female genetic material of the suspect’s relatives. The test results could take a while because some of the suspect’s relatives are working in Taiwan.

Recent findings from the comparison of DNA collected from the crime scene and the suspect’s older sister and son found 10 matches with the sister and seven with the son.

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More DNA testing carried out in Tomoko Kawashita murder

Tomoko’s murder not forgotten, says Somsak

Japanese man sought in rape and murder of tourist 10 years ago

 The Nation

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