Japanese man fights with taxi driver over fare in Ho Chi Minh City

By Duc Tien, Thanh Nien News

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The taxi that took a Japanese passenger past his destination, resulting in a brawl on January 27, 2016. Photo credit: Hai Hieu/VnExpress The taxi that took a Japanese passenger past his destination, resulting in a brawl on January 27, 2016. Photo credit: Hai Hieu/VnExpress

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A Japanese man and a taxi driver were involved in a fight in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday afternoon after the passenger accused the cabbie of driving him around to increase the fare. 
A police source told Thanh Nien that the passenger, Imasaki Keisuke, 38, hailed a taxi near Tan Son Nhat International Airport to go to Dien Bien Phu Street.
But after driving for around 200 meters, the driver asked him to switch to another taxi without explaining why.
The new driver, Nguyen Minh Thai, reportedly gave the first VND20,000 (90 US cents). 
Thai then drove Keisuke to his destination on a one-way section of Dien Bien Phu. However, he went past the place and had to go around. 
The passengers then demanded to be dropped on Truong Dinh Street and was asked to pay VND112,000, as shown on the meter.
Due to language barriers, Keisuke called a Vietnamese woman on his phone to communicate with the driver.
“The woman said he only agreed to pay VND80,000 because I was driving around,” Thai said.
A brawl then broke out between them, attracting a big crowd. They were then taken to a police station. Both claimed that the other was aggressive and started the fight. 
Keisuke said that he was attacked with a key and injured. 
Thai said he did not mean to hurt the passenger. “I missed the destination because I often drive in District 12 and don't know the downtown area very well," he said. 
The police have not commented on the case.

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