Bagan: A Japanese tourist has been killed in Myanmar and a motorcycle taxi driver arrested on suspicion of her murder, a government official said on Thursday.
Chiharu Shiramatsu, 31, was killed on Wednesday near Kyaukpadaung, close to the ancient temple city of Bagan, after hiring the motorcycle taxi to go sightseeing, according to the authorities.
"She was killed by a motorcycle taxi driver who tried to rape her," a Myanmar government official who declined to be identified said.
Min Theik, the 39-year-old motorcycle taxi driver, was arrested at the scene.
Violent crime involving foreign tourists is relatively rare in military-dominated Myanmar.
First Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 12:55