A combined force of police from several divisions smashed a Japanese kidnap gang and rescued a badly injured Japanese businessman at a rented apartment room on Ekkamai 23 off Sukhumvit road in Bangkok last night.
Three Japanese kidnappers were arrested and they are suspected to be members of the Yakuza gang.
Police said the hostage might have been killed if the rescue did not come in time as several items, suspected to be used to kill their victim, a saw, a big black plastic bag that could contain a body, were found inside the room on Sukhumvit 49 road.
Police said they are in the process of communicating with the Japanese Embassy if the three suspects are or have any link to the Yakuza gang.
The arrest followed complaint from the wife of Mr Watanabe Zinami on Monday that her husband has disappeared and could not get in touch since June 5.
Following her complaints, an intensive investigation was launched, said Pol Maj Gen Suthee Nenkanthi.
He said investigation by police found that her husband was kidnapped by the three men and detained at a rented apartment room on Sukhumvit 49.
The kidnappers later moved him to another rented room on Ekkamai 23.
Police then made the swoop on the room where Mr Watanabe was rescued. He was badly body assaulted and suffered serious injuries.
Police said if the rescue was belated, the victim might be killed.
The three kidnappers were identified as Masato Kobari, Leo Surisoe, and Kiyoto Miyata.
The police said the investigation also showed that the gang had planned the kidnap for months.
The police have no information of the Japanese kidnappers if they are linked to the Yakuza gang but are seeking more information from the Japanese Embassy.
The kidnappers were detained at Thong Lor police station.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)