Police are set to arrest several men, including a 42-year-old restaurant manager in Yamanashi Prefecture, on suspicion of killing a Japanese man in Manila in 2014, investigative sources said Wednesday.
A traveler’s insurance policy of 100 million yen ($920,000) had been taken out for Shinsuke Toba, 32, who was shot dead by a motorcyclist on Oct. 18, 2014, in southern Manila, according to the sources.
Toba ran an osteopathic clinic in Nirasaki, Yamanashi, and was visiting Manila with the men at the time of the alleged murder, the sources said. The police are looking into the possibility that the men put a contract on the victim’s life to collect the insurance money.
According to Philippine police, Toba took a taxi with a man believed to be Japanese from the capital’s downtown area. When the taxi pulled over to the side of a road, Toba was shot by a gunman on a motorcycle and his companion disappeared from the scene.
In September the following year, 42-year-old company executive Tatsuya Nakamura, who was Toba’s acquaintance, was also shot dead in a residential area in southern Manila. Nakamura’s company was designated as the beneficiary of the insurance money on Toba and Japanese police are investigating a link between the two deaths.
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