Japan agrees to Konio’s burial in Bangladesh

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Rozina Islam |  Oct 13, 2015

5788f2c12e53adb9e7eef4e285b55f15-Japanese--2-The Japan government has no objection over the burial of Japanese national Kunio Hoshi in Bangladesh. His relatives have no interest in taking back his body. Hoshi’s janaza and burial might take place at the Munshipara graveyard in Rangpur city.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Monday said, “The Japanese government doesn’t have any objection to the burial of Kunio Hoshi in Bangladesh. We have instructed the Rangpur administration to take necessary steps for the burial.”
The home ministry instructed the local administration of Rangpur to take quick action in this regard in consultation with the Japanese embassy. The burial might take place in a day or two.
On 3 October, Hoshi Kunio, 55, was shot dead by unknown miscreants at Alutari in Kaunia upazila in Rangpur. The body has been kept at the morgue of Rangpur Medical College Hospital.
Meanwhile, the governments of Japan and Bangladesh got confirmation that Kunio had converted to Islam. So the Japanese embassy in Dhaka expressed their desire of Kunio’s burial in Islamic tradition.

A senior foreign ministry official on Monday requested the Rangpur divisional commissioner to send the death certificate, postmortem report, passport and other belongings of Kunio Hoshi. Those will be sent back to the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.

Rangpur city corporation mayor Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhantu has proof that Kunio converted to Islam, said Prothom Alo’s Rangpur correspondent.

Tazul Islam, muezzin of a local mosque, submitted an affidavit stating Kunio had converted to Islam.

Police said, two people including Kunio’s business partner Humayun Kabir Hira, were arrested for their alleged connection in the killing. Both were placed on a 10-day remand. Later, another arrested Rashedun Nabi Biplob was sent to jail.