Pan arranger Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe has told the Trinidad Newsday newspaper that fear has led to Japanese people virtually blanking Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival this year. The affirmation was reportedly strengthened by Yoichi Watanabe, a Japanese who teaches music technology and audio engineering at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).
Their comment on the matter comes almost two years after Japanese pannist, Asami Nagakiya, was strangled and her body dumped under a tree at the Queen’s Park Savannah. Her killer is yet to be found.
The Newsday Newspaper interviewed Yoichi Watanabe recently. He told reporter, Melissa Doughty that the number of people visiting Trinidad and Tobago from Japan has dropped, because of that incident. Len Boogsie Sharpe lamented that the situation is a sad one, arguing that an apology is owed to Japan.
Mr. Wantanabe told Doughty that this country’s high murder rate is a major factor that has kept Japanese nationals away. Trinidad and Tobago recorded 60 murders in January 2018.