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Well the "Nation" dispelled the rumor that the deceased was the leader of the 3rd largest Yakuza gang. When I read that I laughed. No way no how would the leader of Inagawa -kai, Kazuo Uchibori be in this situation. As the Nation article implies and I agree this was a low level Yakuza thug who most likely is on the lam from a screw up back in Japan. In Thailand he continues to do what he knows best, illegal activities.

I'm currently in Chiang Rai and after just a week of speaking to people it's very apparent what's going on up here in them jungles. Although from what I hear nothing like this ever happens. Too much at stake. As one said they were in a village known for drugs. I've personally been on too many treks to count in Thailand, Burma and Laos some in the heart of the mule routes and NEVER have my guides carried a gun.

What exactly happened, who shot who first I don't think we will ever know (doubt the still living Yakuza member will be talking much), but one thing is for sure these were no tourists and this was no guided tour to see the sights.

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Everyone who has a bit understanding of 'Thainess' has to understand that … I mean: what else could the 'jai dee' Thai tourist guide do than to shoot his customer if this 'kinook' tourist complains all the time?!?

After all, he has to be happy that he was allowed to enter the great country of Thailand and spend his money in it, although I have a hunch he didn't spend enough because he is so 'kinyaou'. I am not even sure if he accepted to officially pay 5 times the price Thais have to pay to be allowed to cross entrance of the area, did he at least have 'face' enough to swallow that without complaining??

All in all, another great promotion of the friendliness and warmth tourists are greeted with in Thailand and by Thais in the tourist business. Behave, swallow and pay - then you get a nice wai. Complain, criticize or negotiate too hard - you might get a punch in your face, have to pay an enourmous amount of money to pay someone off or might even get shot.

I bet you live in Thailand. coffee1.gif & you can even teach Thai. Awesome stuff.

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This news was all over Japanese media since yesterday, but none of it said the victim was a yakuza.

They had guns on them and 6,841.35€ in cash. This Takushi guy is also meant to be the leader of the third largest 'gang' in Japan according to the article.

I wonder what their real reason was for going into the Jungle.

If what's said in the article he should be released without charge as it's a case of self defence.

Just a couple of Japanese tourists who want to go trekking,but first of all lets buy a gun,oh and we take a heap of money with us.Now we are late for our rendevous and i am pretty angry---think i will kill this useless tour guide-------then what?

Thinks me---the tour guide did the right thing----get the first shot in------safer that way--------and you get to tell your story---------simple explanation really-------what else in the news?

Some people on this forum who are known Thai bashers need to retain what they read. The tourist guide acted in self defense, and it is fairly obvious that this was a drug by and that the tour guide was guiding them to the goods and was late pissing off the Gangster who probably is use to giving people sh*t being the leader and all. A person could write a book. I love it here

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How does anyone know that their Tour Guide does or doesn't carry a Gun ?

My uncle is a School Teacher and he brought his gun to me last year for safe keeping as he was going to be away for a few days.

It was certainly a <deleted> moment. What was he scared off ? I don't know. He needs a Gun just as much as a Tour Guide. ? I think not.

If a Tour Guide just happens to have a gun, then he just might take it into the mountains with him. lets not forget that it was bandit country not so long ago, probably still is. he's still unlikely to show it to his punters, unless they piss him off

So, some heated discussion and some scary Jap Tourist AKA Thug, starts waving a gun at said Guide and bedlam ensues.

Lots of Gun incidents here in Thailand. Mostly Thai on Thai ofcourse.

I think the Guide is probably telling the truth. Sad but True :(

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Two things. I guess on a day tour/trek you really wouldn't know if your guide had a gun, but if you go on 2+ day trek it would be very difficult to hide a gun. You are bathing, sleeping, eating in very close proximity with each other.

Second, a Yakuza in exile in another country happens all the time. Especially in a country like Thailand which wouldn't know who's entering. Also most likely the Japan government know their whereabouts. I personally have a friend where I used to live (very nice guy) who is one such person in exile. He has been there for over 15 years w/o VISA. Missing pinky finger and all. I would suspect that the living Yakuza is very nervous because if they are over here in exile their suppose to be keeping a very low profile. :unsure:

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This news was all over Japanese media since yesterday, but none of it said the victim was a yakuza.

Do you really think that media statements, which are bought by criminal syndicates telling the truth that a victim is a member of a criminal syndicate? God will help you to keep your naivety.

Certainly gang members dont carry a membership card as to prove they belong to a Yakusa club.

On the other hand, should enough to be a Japanese , adorned with tatoos, taking a trek , to PROVE that he is a YAKUSA ? Of course then, it sounds better when you shoot him dead.

Besides this, I have a question that the Japanese are reported carrying guns. Ha... Do you mean they brought in guns from Japan, fooling the security systems at the airports ?

Do you mean they were provided guns WITHIN Thailand by Thai nationals ?

What's about the Vigilante Guide, who knowing they were carrying guns, did not report to the Police ?

Seems we are in a THAI NOVEL, often confused with journalism...

What is constant is: if you are not pleased with the service provided to you as a tourist, by a Thai company, should it be a trek, a hotel booking, a car rental, a jetski rental, YOU, FOREIGNER, GOTTA SMILE, PAY IT OFF, AND SHUT UP, as your life is at RISK.

Back to your country, use the Internet to build blogs, report on Facebook and so on, for this attitude to be known better, and tourists to choose destinations, where they will be respected...

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i like this 1 ""The suspect said he had to carry a gun to protect tourists," Adis said."

what did he have to protect them from ? himself :cheesy::cheesy:

so who is going to carry a gun to protect the tourists from him?

also is complaining enough of a reason to get shot. can u only say nice things to some people or they shoot u. :Dave:

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"The suspect said he had to carry a gun to protect tourists."

Love that one.

LEGAL question please: is the guide ENTITLED, YES or NOT to carry a gun ?

When he'd carry a gun, chances are he'll use it someday... Easier to use than a knife or a bow, indeed...

legal question is. Even if u carry a gun to protect tourists . Are u alloud to shoot yr customers. i mean he could have shot them in the legs if they were really a threat.

Anyway from what he confessed to doing was shooting tourists because they were comlaining. i don't know how that can be self defense.

Even if they swore at the tourist guide. he could have just driven off and left them in the jungle and cssall the police to pick them up.

Even gangsters take a holiday they might have been having a break from crime but kept their criminal attidudes with them.

How can people say that this is obviuosly this or this is obviuosly that.

obviuosly assumption could mean that people could make up anything.

not bad for people to write about what happened when they were not even there

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i like this 1 ""The suspect said he had to carry a gun to protect tourists," Adis said."

what did he have to protect them from ? himself :cheesy::cheesy:

so who is going to carry a gun to protect the tourists from him?

also is complaining enough of a reason to get shot. can u only say nice things to some people or they shoot u. :Dave:

Did you read any of the articles?

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Notes to self:

Don't go on hill treks in Thailand -- they're so dangerous that the guides have to carry a gun to protect their customers. Besides, if I happen to complain and the guide doesn't like that, he'll probably shoot me.

Also, never forget that Thais can kill foreigners without any real investigation or consequences.

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This news was all over Japanese media since yesterday, but none of it said the victim was a yakuza.

Well it wouldn't be would it? considering the Japanese media is influenced (controlled) by "them" :blink:

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This news was all over Japanese media since yesterday, but none of it said the victim was a yakuza.

They had guns on them and $10,000 in cash. This Takushi guy is also meant to be the leader of the third largest 'gang' in Japan according to the article.

I wonder what their real reason was for going into the Jungle.

If what's said in the article he should be released without charge as it's a case of self defence.

DRUGS :jap:

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This man is a HERO. for all you complainers, yes tour guides who go into dangerous areas do carry guns to protect themselves and their guests.

Consider this... If the Japanese "tourists" had made the contact in the jungle (near the border) do you think the tour guide would have made it out if he had noticed anything odd?

Shooting this prick early on probably saved his life. I hope he has a good lawyer lined up and the government is prepared to put him on the Thai witness protection scheme.

:rolleyes:

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