A young female Japanese student was found dead in while her traveling companion and fellow student is in critical condition after they were stabbed on September 9 in Zemi Valley, Turkey. The two girls were in the area to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cappadocia.
22-year-old Mai Kurihara was already dead on the spot when another tourist found the two girls collapsed on the ground around 1:45 PM on Monday, while Hoshie Teramatsu, also 22, was brought to the hospital and is still in critical condition, according to the Japanese Embassy in Turkey. Reports said the two were walking along the Zemi Valley which was the main starting point for tourists who were heading for the historical site of Cappadocia. The valley is also believed to be a popular spot for Japanese tourists.
There are still no details as to why the girls were attacked and whether it was done by a single assailant or a group. The area is considered relatively safe, and serious crimes like murder is very rare. The only problem around that part are merchants who sell overpriced souvenirs to unsuspecting visitors. There has been a steady increase in Japanese tourists to Turkey, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. In 2008, around 150,000 Japanese went to the country but in 2012, it increased to 200,000. 75% of them travelled to Cappadocia, which is a historical site famous for the moon-like landscape that was due to the erosion of volcanic rock for millions of years.
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]
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