Fu­jian teacher lat­est woman to go miss­ing while vis­it­ing Ja­pan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CAI HONG in Tokyo cai­hong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A Chi­nese man asked the Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in Sap­poro, Ja­pan on Tues­day night to help find his daugh­ter, say­ing she went miss­ing in the city, the con­sulate said.

The con­sulate said it has started emer­gency pro­ce­dures to find Wei Qi­u­jie, 27, ask­ing Sap­poro po­lice to spare no ef­fort in in­ves­ti­gat­ing and search­ing for the woman. It said it is work­ing with au­thor­i­ties in China to help Wei’s fam­ily make ar­range­ments to quickly go to Ja­pan.

Wei, a teacher at an el­e­men­tary school in Shaowu, Fu­jian prov­ince, ar­rived in Sap­poro by her­self on July 18 for a sight­see­ing tour of Hokkaido and was ex­pected to re­turn to China this past Tues­day.

Leav­ing her lug­gage be­hind, she left the inn where she stayed in Sap­poro on Satur­day and did not re­turn, Chongqing News quoted Wei’s fa­ther as say­ing. The inn was said to have called lo­cal po­lice on Sun­day.

In an in­ter­view with China’s on­line news site The Pa­per, the Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in Sap­poro said it has had close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Wei’s par­ents and is closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

Wei’s friends have been plac­ing posts about her dis­ap­pear­ance on Chi­nese so­cial media sites such as WeChat and Sino Weibo in an at­tempt to find her.

Lu Huit­ing, a close friend of Wei, said Wei had been in con­tact with her fam­ily at 4 pm on Satur­day. She gave a thumbs-up on Sun­day to a birth­day post by Sin­ga­porean singer-songwriter Ste­fanie Sun on Sino Weibo.

This is not the first dis­ap­pear­ance of a Chi­nese na­tional in Ja­pan in re­cent weeks. Two Chi­nese sis­ters — Chen Baolan, 25, and Chen Baozhen, 22 — were found slain in Yoko­hama early this month af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing ear­lier. Their bod­ies were found in suit­cases in a moun­tain­ous area in Hadano, Kana­gawa pre­fec­ture, on July 14. They also were from Fu­jian prov­ince.

Tat­suya Iwasaki, 39, a res­i­dent of Yoko­hama, has been ar­rested and charged with dump­ing the two Chi­nese women’s bod­ies.

Iwasaki was a cus­tomer at the bar where Chen Baolan worked. Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, he re­port­edly said he was her for­mer boyfriend.

Ja­panese po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing what role Iwasaki may have played in the women’s deaths.

ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY

A vis­i­tor snaps a selfie with blaster-tot­ing Star Wars stormtroop­ers at the media pre­view of 19th An­i­ma­tion-Comic-Game Hong Kong fair at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Wan Chai on Thurs­day. The event will run from to­day to Tues­day.

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