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Monday, September 12, 2011

Fiji regime hides another tourist death

WAILOALOA BEACH: Body of Japanese student found at the beach.

Authorities in Fiji and newsroom censors have tried to play down the death of another tourist - that of a Japanese student, who had been staying at the Aquarius Hotel in Nadi. 

Insiders say she was murdered on Wailoaloa Beach more than a week ago and while police have confirmed the death, details have been suppressed and news of the incident was only formally revealed early last week.


Sources say the student's body was found on the beach and that attempts to get the full story out in the local media have been impeded yet again by censors with the unelected government running scared because of the implications with the Japanese Government.


Sources say the student was a Japanese national, studying English at Freeboard International, in Nadi. It's believed there are close to 1000 Japanese students in Fij. 


Insiders say another tourist staying at Aquarius Hotel has been taken in for questioning.


The regime and authorities in Fiji, worried about spooking tourists, took the same stance with the death of Kiwi businessman, that of an American businessman who drowned at Nadi, and that of a Kiwi woman who drowned at the Blue lagoon.

16 comments:

Risky Travel said...

Traveling to Fiji involves risks, serious risks. Tourists do not seem to appreciate the fact that they travel to a country where the rule of law is the rule of the gun. The sooner the traveling community understands that the better for a return of Fiji to democracy.

Anonymous said...

Only deaths spooking the regime are the CRW ones.

fiji traveller said...

Anyone can see a junta would not want stories about tourists dying in the country, especially since it has been telling the world things are all rosy posey

Anonymous said...

Hope the embassies are noting this and passing it on

Sad said...

I read this in the Fiji Times a while ago, so not sure the censorship is true, but if it is, this is yet another example of the level of lialia in this government.


Crimes happen everywhere, people die. To hide it is much worse than just reporting it. A simple Google search reveals that a tourist dies in NZ due to unnatural causes (murder, accident) every 2-3 months.


Rational human beings understand this, and to report it fully will do no harm at all to tourism. Too bad our no-school government is too paranoid to see that.


My condolences go out to the family of the victim. So sad when a person succumbs to a tragedy so far away from her home.

Pacific in the Media said...

Sad@2.19pm Sources were media and police convinced the details were being played down despite the wee bit that got into local press.-C4.5

Anonymous said...

Overseas tourists DO NOT VISIT FIJI until DEMOCRACY is RESTORED!!

Anonymous said...

Well I dont read anything ominous politicly into this poor students death other than it being a random act of crime.My fairly frequent visits to Fiji indicate that it is a safe destination for visitors like myself. However I would not give Fiji a blanket endorsement for travel.One is always aware that if one said the wrong thing, a bashing at the Military barracks would result & deportation. There are lots of ordinary folk in Suva under surveillence & who are banned from International Travel. I personally know of at one least one New Zealander & have advised Minister McCully of this.Despite Banimaramas constant plea for recognition by International Gvts he must realise this will never happen whilst he governs this small Island State with Guns & thugs he appoints himself. Eventually over time this woeful mess will be sorted and these people will be called to account. The resulting formation of an independent Juciciary will result in many proscecutions and the seeking of damages from many wronged citizens. I would'nt be in the Junta's shoes for quids.It will not be a happy ending for any of them & you can be certain NZ or Australia wont offer them an escape haven.Roll on elections, pro democracy protests & public grafitti highlighting the juntas sins Ni Sa Moce & Vinaka

Fear factor said...

I think the government and its Information Ministry has woken up since the publicity over the other tourist deaths but it cannot be denied that it is still trying to suppreess information that reminds the world it is a junta. Face it, this govefrnment is banking on toursim dollars to save its boney arse and to present to the world it is a 'proper' governing body.

Sad Times said...

Obviously truth in the story police commissioner ioane going out of his way to impress on the people the case is still open and C4.5 story has been picked up by new zealand media

Anonymous said...

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By Tamara McLean in Auckland
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A YOUNG Japanese student has been found dead in a swamp in Fiji, becoming the fourth foreigner to die in strange circumstances in the tourist hot spot since June.

The body of Mami Nakamura, 27, was found among mangroves on September 5, six days after she told peers at a local English language school that she was going to a local beach party.

Heavily-constrained Fijian media, ruled by a decree not to publicise unfavourable news, did not report the incident until this week.

Police spokeswoman Theresa Ralogaivau told the Fiji Times today that the post mortem on the decomposed body failed to reveal any clues to cause of death, but officers are not ruling out murder.

"We have not ruled out foul play and also cannot confidently say what happened that led to the young girl's death," Ms Ralogaivau said.

Three other foreigners, two New Zealanders and an American, have died in unusual circumstances in recent months.

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Aucklander Chelsia Mary Lo, 33, disappeared from a super yacht in Blue Lagoon on June 13.

Her body washed up on a beach and was cremated before her family were told of her death. It was later revealed she had been drinking and had an argument before disappearing.

Former Greymouth man Tony Groom, who ran a charter boat operation in Denarau, was badly beaten in Nadi on July 8 and died eight days later. Police in Fiji ruled that he died of natural causes, but local media gave only brief coverage of the case.

Don Nicholas, chief executive of an American anti-ageing medical institute, disappeared while surfing on a reef off the Intercontinental Hotel south of Nadi in July 15.

His pregnant girlfriend claimed not enough was done to rescue the businessman, and has joined with his family in posting a reward for more information on him.

Blog site Coup Four and a Half claims local media have been warned not to report the deaths by a military regime concerned the negative publicity will spook tourists.

In the case of Ms Nakamura's death, it claims "attempts to get the full story out in the local media were impeded yet again by censors with the unelected government running scared because of the implications with the Japanese government".

Fiji government spokeswoman Sharon Smith-Jones attacked the blog site's credibility, saying the claims were "completely untrue" and all the incidents had been well covered by local media.

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Series of mysterious Fiji deaths investigated

Published: 11:41AM Tuesday September 13, 2011 Source: Fairfax

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A Japanese woman has become the fourth foreigner to die in unexplained circumstances since July in Fiji's tourist belt.

Two of the deaths have been of New Zealanders.

News of the death of Mami Nakamura, 27, has been kept out of the censored Fiji media since her body was found a week ago, but has now been disclosed by an anti-military government blog site.

Deaths of foreigners are subject to tight censorship as the Voreqe Bainimarama regime fears it will damage their multi-million tourist industry.

Former Greymouth hotelier Tony Groom was badly beaten in Nadi on July 8 and died eight days later.

News of his death was suppressed until revealed in New Zealand, but Fiji police concluded he died of natural causes.

Auckland woman Chelsia Mary Lo, 33, disappeared off the back of a super-yacht in Blue Lagoon on June 13.
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Found dead on a village beach, she was cremated before her family learned of the death.

The Fiji Government later said she was drunk at the time of disappearing.

On July 15 an American CEO, Don Nicholas, disappeared while learning to surf at the Intercontinental Hotel at Natadola, south of Nadi.

His body has not been found and his family have now posted a US$100,000 (NZ$121,000) reward for information on him.

In the latest death, Fiji Police say Nakamura was last seen leaving a language school, the Freebird Institute, in Nadi on August 31 at 2pm.

She told her friends that she was headed for a party at Wailoaloa Beach. Her decomposed body was found in mangroves on September 5.

The Fiji Sun today quoted military appointed Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua saying investigations needed to be intensified and if there was any suspect or suspects, they needed to be brought to justice.

A post mortem could not establish the cause of death because of the advanced stage of decomposition her body was in.

He said the woman's family had cremated the body.

''Even though the family came and have cremated her, the case is not closed,'' he told the Fiji Sun.

''It is wrong to assume that even though there have been no suspects, and that she's now cremated that the case will be closed.

''That's wrong - a life has been lost, whether buried or not -we complete the process of investigation - we find the person or persons who are involved or took that particular life - we don't give up or rest until we discover the truth of what happened to Ms Nakamura.''

Sad Times said...

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A Japanese woman has become the fourth foreigner to die in unexplained circumstances since July in Fiji's tourist belt.

Two of the deaths have been of New Zealanders.

News of the death of Mami Nakamura, 27, has been kept out of the censored Fiji media since her body was found a week ago, but has now been disclosed as anti-military government blog sites revealed it.

Deaths of foreigners are subject to tight censorship as the Voreqe Bainimarama regime fears it will damage their multi-million tourist industry.

Former Greymouth hotelier Tony Groom was badly beaten in Nadi on July 8 and died eight days later. News of his death was suppressed until revealed in New Zealand, but Fiji police concluded he died of natural causes.

Auckland woman Chelsia Mary Lo, 33, disappeared off the back of a super-yacht in Blue Lagoon on June 13. Found dead on a village beach, she was cremated before her family learned of the death. The Fiji Government later said she was drunk at the time of disappearing.

On July 15 an American CEO, Don Nicholas, disappeared while learning to surf at the Intercontinental Hotel at Natadola, south of Nadi.

His body has not been found and his family have now posted a US$100,000 (NZ$121,000) reward for information on him.

In the latest death, Fiji Police say Nakamura was last seen leaving a language school, the Freebird Institute, in Nadi on August 31 at 2pm.

She told her friends that she was headed for a party at Wailoaloa Beach. Her decomposed body was found in mangroves on September 5.

The Fiji Sun today quoted military appointed Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua saying investigations needed to be intensified and if there was any suspect or suspects, they needed to be brought to justice.

A post mortem could not establish the cause of death because of the advanced stage of decomposition her body was in.

He said the woman's family had cremated the body.

''Even though the family came and have cremated her, the case is not closed,'' he told the Fiji Sun.

''It is wrong to assume that even though there have been no suspects, and that she's now cremated that the case will be closed.

''That's wrong - a life has been lost, whether buried or not -we complete the process of investigation - we find the person or persons who are involved or took that particular life - we don’t give up or rest until we discover the truth of what happened to Ms Nakamura.''

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Fourth dead foreigner Mami Nakamura found in Fiji

By Tamara McLean in Auckland
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September 13, 2011 10:13AM

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A YOUNG Japanese student has been found dead in a swamp in Fiji, becoming the fourth foreigner to die in strange circumstances in the tourist hot spot since June.

The body of Mami Nakamura, 27, was found among mangroves on September 5, six days after she told peers at a local English language school that she was going to a local beach party.

Heavily-constrained Fijian media, ruled by a decree not to publicise unfavourable news, did not report the incident until this week.

Police spokeswoman Theresa Ralogaivau told the Fiji Times today that the post mortem on the decomposed body failed to reveal any clues to cause of death, but officers are not ruling out murder.

"We have not ruled out foul play and also cannot confidently say what happened that led to the young girl's death," Ms Ralogaivau said.

Three other foreigners, two New Zealanders and an American, have died in unusual circumstances in recent months.

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Aucklander Chelsia Mary Lo, 33, disappeared from a super yacht in Blue Lagoon on June 13.

Her body washed up on a beach and was cremated before her family were told of her death. It was later revealed she had been drinking and had an argument before disappearing.

Former Greymouth man Tony Groom, who ran a charter boat operation in Denarau, was badly beaten in Nadi on July 8 and died eight days later. Police in Fiji ruled that he died of natural causes, but local media gave only brief coverage of the case.

Don Nicholas, chief executive of an American anti-ageing medical institute, disappeared while surfing on a reef off the Intercontinental Hotel south of Nadi in July 15.

His pregnant girlfriend claimed not enough was done to rescue the businessman, and has joined with his family in posting a reward for more information on him.

Blog site Coup Four and a Half claims local media have been warned not to report the deaths by a military regime concerned the negative publicity will spook tourists.

In the case of Ms Nakamura's death, it claims "attempts to get the full story out in

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Mystery over spate of tourist deaths on military-
A spate of mysterious deaths on the military-controlled Pacific island of Fiji has led to accusations that authorities are censoring media coverage to protect the multi-million dollar tourism industry.
Mystery over spate of tourist deaths on military-controlled Fiji
Fiji has been under the control of military leader Voreqe Bainimarama since he seized power in a coup in 2006 Photo: ALAMY

By Paul Chapman in Wellington

7:00AM BST 13 Sep 2011

A Japanese woman, an American businessman and two New Zealanders have died on Fiji in the past three months.

The latest death was Mami Nakamura, 27, a Japanese student at an English-language school, whose decomposing body was found among mangroves on September 5.

Ms Nakamura was last seen heading to a beach party in Nadi, the main resort town, six days earlier but news media on Fiji gave the incident no coverage until a few days ago.

Government censors control every newsroom in Fiji and sources say authorities allowed media reports to be published only after the news leaked out through anti-government blogsites.

Coup Four and a Half, a leading dissident blogsite, claimed local media had been warned not to report the foreigners' deaths by a regime fearing negative publicity would keep tourists away.
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It said of Ms Nakamura's suspected murder: "Attempts to get the full story out in the local media were impeded yet again by censors, with the unelected government running scared because of the implications with the Japanese government."

But Sharon Smith-Jones, a spokesman for the Fiji government, attacked the blogsite's credibility, dismissing its claims as "completely untrue".

She insisted all of the incidents had been well covered by the Pacific island nation's media.

Brigadier Ioane Naivalurua, the police commissioner, told the Fiji Times: "We don't give up or rest until we discover the truth of what happened to Ms Nakamura."

Meanwhile, family members continue to fund a private search for Don Nicholas, chief executive of a medical institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, who disappeared on July 15 while surfing off Natadola beach, near Nadi.

They have set up a website called helpfinddon.com to seek information and have posted a reward of US$100,000 (£63,000) for information.

In New Zealand, relatives and friends are puzzled by the fate of Greymouth man Tony Groom, who died days after being badly beaten up in Nadi on July 8.

Fijian police ruled that he had died of natural causes and no investigation into his death was carried out.

The first death was that of Chelsia Mary Lo, a 33-year-old Auckland woman who is understood to have fallen off the luxury superyacht Alani II in the Blue Lagoon resort on June 13.

No post mortem is known to have been conducted, and her family say her body was cremated before they were officially informed of her death.

Ms Lo's sister told the Sunday Star Times newspaper: "I thought it was strange for someone to be cremated on the same day their body was found."

Fiji has been under the control of military leader Voreqe Bainimarama since he seized power in a coup in 2006.

He has promised elections in 2014.

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