Japanese Tourists Brutally Attacked

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Japanese Tourists Brutally Attacked in Kaka’ako

On Memorial Day, Japanese tourists, Masashige Tamura and his family, were spending what was supposed to be the last day of their dream vacation taking photos of the colorful murals that adorn the streets of Kaka’ako.  Instead a quick stop to use the public bathroom at Mother Waldron Park turned into a nightmare for Masashige and his family.  At this time, he cannot recall much of what happened when he entered the bathroom that day but it is evident he was brutally attacked by at least one person.  He suffers from cracked cheek bones, a cracked skull, deep cuts on his face, dislodged teeth and damaged gums and is obviously deeply traumatized.
His wife, Miho Tamura, who ran to the bathroom when she heard the screams, was choked from behind till she passed out.  She suffers from deep cuts on her lips, bruises on her neck and face as well as lasting pain on her entire face.  She too is obviously deeply traumatized.  Somewhat fortunate, their two children (19 and 21years old) were not near them at the time (they were taking photos of the murals) or they may have been assaulted as well.
The Tamura’s were rushed to Queen’s Hospital where they were told they would have to be hospitalized for at least 10 days.  Because they were tourists, their insurance would not cover the hospital bill.  The Tamura’s made the difficult decision to fly back to Japan the following day even though Masashige was in no condition to fly.  Back in Japan he could get the proper medical insurance coverage.  He went straight from the airport to the hospital and has been there ever since.  His condition is much worse than anyone imagined but they are glad at least he is still alive.  His next surgery is scheduled for June 9th.

To the people of Hawaii, let’s show this family what true Aloha is all about!  This family did not deserve this…no one deserves this!  

My name is Shoko and I live in Kaka’ako.  I was visiting Mother Waldron Park that faithful day with my 1 & 5year old daughters when I recognized some Japanese tourists were in distress.  Being raised in Japan, I rushed over to see if I could help.  I ended up translating to the police and doctors for the Tamura’s and taking their children to the hospital and visiting them.  I have remained in touch with them in Japan and really want to do something for them.  100% of the money raised from this site will go to the Tamura Family.  Pease donate anything you can!  No amount is too small!  Thank you!  

I as a creator of this page, I will withdraw all the donation and send 100% of it to Tamura Family at my biggest responsibility.
The funds will be spent for the medical bills that cannot covered by their insurance, recovery cost they need after surgery, to help with daily expenses until he is able to go back to work, to help to heal their hearts, to help to heal both physically and mentally distressed.

Also, please share this with family and friends as a warning that we all must be careful and vigilant of our surroundings.  This could have happened to anyone.  Masashige was truly in the wrong place at the wrong time!









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Update on Mr.and Mrs.Tamura.

I was in japan during this summer break and I got to see Mr. and Mrs.Tamura in Tokyo! First of all, they are very thankful for each and every single one of you for all the help and support! They said they just can’t thank enough.
They drove all the way from Kyoto which usually takes between 5-6 hrs instead of using public transportation like trains and bus. I am so thankful for them that they came to see me all the way even though they are still having hard time coming out in public. Especially Mrs.Tamura is so traumatized and she feels very frightened to use public bathroom anywhere. Even just walking around, she is very uncomfortable.
Mr.Tamura looked better and healing slowly but surely. His face was yet little bit swollen and his scar around his left eye brow was yet very visible. I had lunch with them but I noticed that he was very uncomfortable with itchiness and tingling feelings inside his scul. He said that left side of his face is still numb. Mrs.Tamura said that it’s so hard for her to come up with his menus since he can’t chew hard things and all his foods need to be something soft and chewable for him.
I was very happy to see their smiles however it hurts me to think all the things they are still going through every single day and nobody know where is the end of this.

On the other hand, their credit card company has started to make payments directly to the Queen’s hospital, Emergency group and Radiology office. However, all the payments that were made by the credit card company are very confusing so they are waiting for the new bills to come in to find out the remaining balance.

I still have some of the funds that have not been sent to them. Per Mr.and Mrs.Tamura’s request, I’m holding those funds till find out the remaining balance, and I will use those funds to make payments first for them so that it will help to cut down on expensive process fees to send it to japan at the same time.

Once again, they are deeply appreciate each and every single one of you for all the help and support!
Please keep our prayers to them for continuously healing day by day.






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Additional bills.

Mr. and Mrs. Tamura received another bills from Radiology Associates Hawaii.

Masashige’s bill:
Total of $1,750.79

Miho’s bill:
Total of $840.85

Per request, I personally called Queen’s hospital to ask some questions about their bills. I asked about why they received separate bills from different places and I was told that there are tests and exams that are able to be done as part of Queen’s hospital and other than those tests and exams need to be done as an order to outside of the Queen’s hospital. So if you went to ER at Queen’s hospital, you usually get separate bills from 3 different places and Mr. and Mrs. Tamura received the bills from exactly the same places I was mentioned.
I also asked the Queen’s hospital about the discount as well. When they got discharged from the hospital, I was there with them and remember that they were told that the hospital can apply up to 30% off discount ONLY IF THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO INSURANCE AT ALL.
They didn’t have no travel insurance but their credit card insurance could cover a little so they did not get qualified for any discount from the hospital unfortunately.

They are still in big struggle with the payment and recovering processes.
All of your prayers are much appreciated from bottom of their hearts.

田村さんご自宅にまた別の所から請求書が届きました。Radioligy Associates Hawaiiという所からCTスキャンの請求書です。




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Here is the letter in Japanese from Mr.Tamura.









特に頭からおでこの痺れが酷く、かゆみを感 じた時にかいても痒みに届かなく、頭の中が痒いので気がおかしくなりそうになります。


















犯人は20歳 何が理由か知りませんが償って欲しい。








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I got a letter from Mr.Tamura for everyone so please read it when you have a chance.
I translated into English. I tried my best to translated as exactly as how he wrote in Japanese.
I will post the letter in Japanese on the next update page so if you prefer reading in Japanese please see the next update.

1 months after the surgery...

I truly appreciate all the funds and warm messages from every single one of you.
Thank you very much.
I received a lots of ALOHA from all of you.

1 months is past since the surgery and so far the total medical bills that we are facing is about $70,610.00.
I just can’t believe it turned out to be this huge amount from staying at Queen’s hospital for ONLY 1 night.

I returned to work soon after resting a little at home after the surgery.
I am running a plumber business. Fortunately some of my contractors could work thing out for me for 1 month also rescheduled and extended other orders and everything but unfortunately it came to a point where I just have to go back to work already.

My swollen face is finally healing and getting better. However, I’m still fighting and suffering from following things.

Scars: doctor said the scar around my left eye brow (about 2.75inch) will be faded a little eventually but unfortunately it won’t be disappeared completely.

Numbness on left side of my face (from forehead down to lip) :
Especially this numbness on my head and forehead area is very bad. I try to scrunch when it’s itchy but can’t really reach it because it’s inside my head and driving me insane. I hit hard on the different area just to forget the irritations inside my head.

Sore chin:
I still can’t chew anything hard so I haven’t been eaten beef or things like that.
I can’t bite off the food with my teeth so I have to break down the food first then basically swallow it. I was trying to eat soft foods like bread because I can’t chew. I didn’t even know that bread can’t be bite off neither. Usually it’s very easy to chew and bite off bread but now it only stretches out in my mouth and I just swallow it at the end. I am trying my best to eat and chew different foods but you have no idea how hard it is and how my chin gets so exhausted by doing that.

I don’t remember nothing about what happened. I don’t remember anything about how the convict look like or how I got beaten up.
Not sure if human body can rejects all the fears on purpose or it was just too quick how everything went down at the time but I just don’t remember nothing. However, my wife Miho remembers clearly how the guy’s arms like when she got choked hold and how I was all bloody when she woke up little after she passed out.
My pain and conditions might be healed eventually but what about Miho’s memories in her head? Does it go away one day? She is currently suffering from the flash backs.

Since my job is a physical labor, it’s so hard to catch up and so easy to get exhausted after not being able to work over a month.

The perpetrator、


How come?

What was the purpose?

I want him to tell me why I have to be ended up like this after I only tried to use the bathroom.
Did he think I saw him doing something in there?
Only thing I can say is that I didn’t see anybody in the bathroom.
I think that he probably felt somebody then just grabbed me from behind.

Next thing I know was when I woke up the next day in the bed at the hospital. Just like in the movie but it was real.
When my son showed me how I look like, I didn’t understand anything at all.

I asked the doctor what was going on with myself.
There was a Japanese doctor so I could talk to him in Japanese.
He explained to me how my conditions are also details about how the surgery will be. And wondering how much I will be ended up paying for all the costs without no travel insurance.

I was told that it will be around $37,000. However it actually turned out it was around $71,000.

I was told that they will do the surgery the next day and place some plates where the broken bones in the face. So I asked him how much would that cost.

He said it would be around $82,000

I told him to let me go home.
I told him to hide all the scars with tapes or do whatever need to do but please let me go home. And told him that I will have surgery in Japan.

After all, I am not even sure if the costs were right as the doctor said neither. It could be ended up costs way more than what was expected.
If I listened to the doctor and stayed at the hospital to do the surgery in Hawaii, it could cost me as much as the costs to be able to purchase a house.

I flew back to japan, rushed into hospital straight from the airport then had the surgery done. Fortunately I have insurance coverage in Japan so it was about $2000 for everything that I needed to pay out of my pocket.

I don’t even know how to explain but...
I am so mad at the perpetrator.
However, even though I went to fight in a court and win, I am the one have to pay for everything if the perpetrator doesn’t even have enough money to pay.

I don’t even know what would happen since it’s depends on the Hawaii states.
I just want him to understand what he has done and pay for his guilt at least a little.
He is 20 years old. I don’t know what was his purpose but need him to pay for what he has done.
HPD contacted me and asked me if I want to come for a court. How can I even make it? Even though I went there, it will only make me come home with more mad and frustrated by just seeing his face and nothing else.
I was told that they will pay for the travel costs.

Both Japanese consulate and Hawaii state only did put on the news and put warning but that’s all. They did nothing else.

Even though if I win over the court, it will costs me more in fact.
At the same time we are still keep receiving expensive medical bills from different places.

I believe that medical costs can be covered with the funds from all of you and credit card insurance.

For that we are truly and deeply appreciate it.

However, this pain will never end.

Since we didn’t have no insurance this time, I learned how important it is to have an insurance.
We have been to Hawaii so many times and always be careful with places we go. Even with the rental cars.
All we did was took a bus which is operated by the tour company and got dropped off where to take photos then went to use the bathroom. That’s all.
There were no signs says that to be careful or it’s dangerous to use the public bathroom on the bus or even a warning from the tour company.
It’s always only good things about Hawaii but this time I learned that it wasn’t true and it’s the reality.

There are so many informations that no tourists know about. Sometimes
it shows on a small sign but I wish it could be shown on a bigger sign.

Thank you so much for all the funds. We are truly appreciate it.
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