March 17th in 2019, two young Japanese men were arrested in Siem Reap province. When I read this news, I thought that Japanese guys were killed, but it was not.
According to several media, both of them used to be members of
the self-defense forces of Japan. They were trying to steal the car for a money-changer robbery and then killed the driver.
They planned it in Japan because they are in debt of 4 million yen, 36,000 US dollars. They decided to come to Cambodia, where US dollars are used frequently.
Japanese people reaction
Cambodia and Japan have had a reasonably good relationship. On the Cambodian currency note, there is a bridge with a Japan flag which was built by Japanese support.
— ラムネはグッピー (@NTJCnbr2mS8nLEt) 2019年3月20日
There are lots of Japanese people living in Cambodia. Among them, some people started donation to supports the taxi driver’s family.
— まさと🇰🇭カンボジアでソフトテニスを教える人 (@masato_ogiwara) 2019年3月19日