PORT OF SPAIN – A Japanese woman who regularly traveled to Trinidad for carnival and played in a steel band was found strangled, the coroner’s office said Thursday.
Local police said the woman was identified as Asami Nagakiya, a 30-year-old professional musician from Sapporo, Hokkaido, who entered the Caribbean country on January 7. Police are investigating the case as a murder.
Asami Nagakiya’s body, still dressed in a two-piece masquerade outfit, was found at Queen’s Park Savannah, a park in the capital where the main carnival parades and events take place.
Nagakiya was a regular visitor to the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. His body was discovered by workers cleaning the park after this week’s celebrations.
A local music group she has belonged to since 2012 released a statement on Thursday expressing condolences to her family and friends in Japan.
According to local media, following the news of Nagakiya’s death, the mayor of Port-of-Spain, Raymond Tim Kee, made controversial remarks regarding the responsibility of women during carnival to dress and dress. behave responsibly “so that they make sure they are not mistreated”.
Members of a Trinidad-based organization, Womantra, have started a petition calling for his resignation and a rally is expected to take place on Friday.
According to a Trinidad Express report, opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar issued a statement in which she blames the mayor: in people in public life and is irresponsible, reckless and completely unacceptable.
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