Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan thanks peo­ple of town

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

The Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to Ire­land has thanked the peo­ple of Dun­dalk for the out­pour­ing of sym­pa­thy fol­low­ing the tragic mur­der of Yo­suke Sasaki last month.

In a writ­ten re­ply to the chair­man of Louth County Coun­cil, Colm Markey, Am­bas­sador Mari Miyoshi said ‘I am truly grate­ful for your re­cent let­ter and book of con­do­lence from the peo­ple of County Louth ex­press­ing sym­pa­thy on the re­cent death of the Ja­pans­ese na­tional Mr. Yo­suke Sasaki in Dun­dalk.’

‘It was in­deed a tragic in­ci­dent. Al­though deeply sad­dened by his death Mr. Sasaki’s fam­ily is very aware of how much he loved Dun­dalk and the peo­ple he knew dur­ing his stay there,’ said Am­bas­sador Miyoshi.

‘I will en­sure that your mes- sage, and the book of con­do­lence is for­warded to Mr. Sasaki’s fam­ily.’

He added: ‘I sin­cerely hope that this kind of in­ci­dent will never hap­pen again in Ire­land, and that Ja­pan-Ire­land re­la­tions will re­main strong at this dif­fi­cult time.’

Yo­suke Sasaki had only been liv­ing in Dun­dalk for a num­ber of months, af­ter he took up em­ploy­ment with Na­tional Pen.

He was stabbed to death while walk­ing along the Av­enue Road just be­fore 9am on Jan­uary 3rd. He was one of three young men at­tacked dur­ing a series of in­ci­dents across the town that morn­ing. The two other vic­tims have been re­cov­er­ing from their in­juries.

The re­sponse from the peo­ple of Dun­dalk saw a vigil at­tended by around 1,500 mourn­ers in the days fol­low­ing the tragic death of the Ja­panese na­tional.

An 18 year old Egyp­tian na­tive, Mo­hamed Morei is cur­rently in cus­tody, charged with the mur­der.

The ac­cused was re­manded in cus­tody af­ter a hear­ing at Clover­hill Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day.

Morei didn’t ap­pear be­fore the court as he is be­ing treated in the Cen­tral Men­tal Hospi­tal.

The next hear­ing is sched­uled

Vic­tim Yo­suke Saskai.

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