The labour and foreign ministries among others are awaiting the report and results from Japan to confirm if the death of the 24-year old Bhutanese in Fukuokawas a suicide.

Director General of the Department of Employment and Human Resources, Sherab Tenzin, said the ministry met with the relatives of the student yesterday. “We met today and briefed them about what is being done at the government level to bring the body back.”

He said the government has also been informed about the case and that the ministry was yet to receive reports from Japan.

“We haven’t received any information as of yet. We are trying to help get the body but it is also not sure if the case was a suicide,” he said. “Officials are relying on the reports, which are expected to take a couple of days.”

Bhutan Employment Overseas Managing Director, Jurmey Tshewang, said that a staff had also rushed to Japan to attend to the mishap. The Bhutanese student’s body was found at a park in Fukuoka, Japan on December 4 morning.

It was learnt that the students who go through the ‘earn and learn programme,  have an insurance scheme with the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited.

Rinchen Zangmo