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HCM City offers air ticket to Japanese visitor after stealing incident

The Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Department on Wednesday had a meeting with Le Thuc Anh, daughter-in-law of the elderly visitor Oki Toshiyukich who had a stealing incident by a local cyclo driver and presented a return air ticket to the Japanese visitor. 

Oki Toshiyuki and his family pose for a photo in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo:

At the meeting, vice director of the city's Tourism Department, Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa said that they wanted to thank him for his love for Vietnam.

They knew through local media that Oki loves Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City so they gave him the air ticket as a way to express their gratitude. They also said thank him because his voice helped them realize more clearly their situation and what they need to improve.

The HCM City tourism representative also said she hoped the elderly visitor would consider this an accident and still love Vietnam.

Speaking at the meeting, the visitor's Vietnamese daughter-in-law said that they were surprised to receive the present. Her father-in-law left Vietnam two days ago and she would inform him about this.

On August 3, Oki Toshiyuki, 83, shared with the Thanh Nien Newspaper that he called a cylo and travelled from Me Linh Square to Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel in district 1.

The ride took only about five minutes and the elderly visitor paid 500,000 dong (roughly 22 US dollars) to the driver. However, the driver asked for some more and while the visitor was opening his wallet for payment, the driver reached his wallet and took 2.9 million dong (roughly 125 US dollars) and left.

Oki told the Thanh Nien Newspaper that he was to blame because he had not asked about the prices for the trip. He said he just felt sad.

The visitor shared that he came to HCM City some days ago with his daughter and two grandchildren to visit his youngest son who is living and working here. This was his fifth visit to Vietnam and he loved the country and Ho Chi Minh City very much.

After his story was published on Thanh Nien Newspaper, police in HCM City's district 1 launched an investigation and detained the cyclo driver on August 6.

The driver, Pham Van Dung, 49, admitted that he stole the money from the Japanese passenger on August 3. He also wrote a letter to say sorry to the passenger.

Police are further investigating the case.