Japanese tourist dies in Kaohsiung hostel

TAIPEI (CNA) – A 71-year-old Japanese national died in a hostel in Kaohsiung while traveling in Taiwan, police said Thursday.

Two other hostel guests called the police after discovering the Japanese man face down in a public bathroom early that day.

The police found no signs of a struggle, and the deceased, identified by his family name of Kawashima, showed no visible signs of trauma.

A bag of drugs with a prescription written in Japanese was discovered in his room.

Police has requested the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association – the de facto Japanese Embassy in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations – to help inform Kawashima’s family of his death.

Meanwhile, also in Kaohsiung, a Chinese tourist identified by her family name Kang (康) called for help immediately after discovering that her fellow Chinese traveler, identified as Zhao (趙), had fallen unconscious while taking a shower, the police said.

Zhao was taken to hospital for emergency treatment, where she was discovered to have fallen into a coma.

The two arrived in Taiwan Wednesday for a two-week vacation, traveling independently.

By Chen Chi-fong and Chung Yu-chen