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Japanese man killed in Belize; father hurt

Jiji Press SAO PAULO (Jiji Press) — A Japanese man has been killed and his father critically wounded by two male robbers armed with guns in Belize, according to the Japanese Embassy in Belmopan, the capital of the Central American country.

The incident happened in Belize City, the largest city in the country, around 6 p.m. Thursday, embassy officials said.

The murdered man was Masaki Yanai, 19, according to local media. His father, Takayuki, 53, runs a Japanese restaurant in Belize City.

The two robbers attacked Takayuki when he returned home from shopping and was unloading the purchased items from his car. Takayuki tried to prevent his bag containing cash revenue from his restaurant from being stolen.

Masaki came out of the house to rescue his father, but they were both shot several times.

The Yanai family immigrated to Belize about 15 years ago.

Masaki was studying engineering at the University of Belize. The head of the university paid tribute to Masaki, saying that he was smart and attractive, and a promising student.

Local police are hunting the two suspects, offering a bounty.

Belize, located in the Yucatan Peninsula and facing the Caribbean Sea, borders Mexico and Guatemala, and has a population of about 375,000.

As of October 2017, 45 Japanese lived in the country, according to Japan’s Foreign Ministry.Speech

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