TV Lone Wolf's "Cub" Arrested in Thailand
Thu Dec 30 02:17:35 EST 1999
Found the following on the alt.asian newsgroup. Anyone have any further
news on a Japanese case of a child star gone bad? And whatever became of
the actor who played Cub in the movies?
Sunday, December 26, 1999
Ex-child actor extradited, busted for
NIIGATA - A child actor
turned local politician
suspected of involvement in the
death of a moneylender has
been arrested after being
extradited from Thailand,
police said Saturday.
Kazutaka Nishikawa, 32, who
from 1995 until earlier this year
served a single term as a
member of the municipal
assembly in the Niigata
Prefecture city of Shirone, was
arrested while on a Japan
Airlines flight from Bangkok for
the illegal disposal of a body.
He was taken to Niigata shortly after his flight arrived at
Airport on Saturday morning.
Nishikawa is alleged to have dumped the body of Yukio Sato, 56,
moneylender, in Asahi, Niigata Prefecture, on Nov. 30. Police
suspect Nishikawa may have been involved in Sato's death and
placed him on an international wanted list after he fled the
Nishikawa flew to Hong Kong and traveled to Macao before
INTERPOL officials notified Japanese police on Dec. 22 that the
former child actor had been apprehended in Thailand.
Nishikawa was arrested for conspiring with Yuichi Kawahara, 30,
manager of a mah-jongg parlor that Nishikawa owned, to wrap
Sato's body in a blanket, shove it into the trunk of his car,
dispose of the body in a forest in Asahi. Kawahara has already
charged with illegally dumping Sato's body.
Police and sources said that Nishikawa had eaten with Sato at a
restaurant in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, on the night of Nov.
that night Nishikawa and Kawahara arranged to travel together
Sato's office in Joetsu. Nishikawa left Kawahara sitting in his
telling him that he was going to borrow some money.
Nishikawa then apparently called Kawahara into the office.
Kawahara says that by the time he arrived there, Sato had
collapsed on the floor.
Police later discovered that 5 million yen was missing from
office. Police believe that Nishikawa and Sato had quarreled
money the one-time actor wanted to open a mah-jongg parlor.
Nishikawa played Daigoro in the popular 1970s TV drama
"Kozure-Okami," about a wandering samurai accompanied on his
journeys throughout the country by his young son. After
acting, Nishikawa held a number of jobs, including a post as a
manager of a swimming school, before he was elected to the
Municipal Assembly in 1995.
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