Japanese man stabbed to death in Vancouver

A Japanese man has been stabbed to death in Vancouver, Canada. Local police are investigating the incident as a homicide case.

The police say officers rushed to the scene in downtown Vancouver and found the man after receiving a report early Wednesday morning. He was later confirmed dead.

The police say the victim has been identified as 32-year-old Kakiuchi Wataru.

The Japanese Consulate General in Vancouver said it had confirmed that Kakiuchi is a Japanese national and had notified his family.

Local media quoted an acquaintance as saying that Kakiuchi was stabbed while waiting for a car near his friend's home.

The Japanese restaurant where Kakiuchi worked posted a comment mourning his death along with his photo on social media.

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim issued a statement, calling Kakiuchi "more than a talented chef." The mayor said: "He was a positive presence and a cherished friend to many. His contributions to our community will not be forgotten."

The police are seeking information from people who may have witnessed the incident.