Thursday 22 March 2018

Japanese man walks home 800 miles after being mugged

The man set out from the city of Kitakyushu (pictured) and arrived back at his home in Sendai.
The man set out from the city of Kitakyushu (pictured) and arrived back at his home in Sendai.

Julian Ryall

A man who was mugged in southern Japan decided to walk more than 800 miles home rather than inconvenience the local police or his family with his predicament, it has been claimed.

The man, who has not been named, set out from the city of Kitakyushu after being mugged on August 25 and arrived back at his home in Sendai, in the northeast of Japan, 11 days later.

The man's mother had reported her son missing after he failed to catch his return flight.

"I was shocked and thought I was seeing a ghost when he arrived," she told the Yomiuri newspaper. "I'm just thrilled that he is back and I'm very sorry to everyone who was worried about him."

She added that he had got a good tan during his journey.

The 25-year-old man was attending a major playing card convention but was stopped on a street around 10pm by a group of five men who demanded that he hand over his wallet and mobile phone.

Fortunately, the man had concealed an extra Y2,000 (£12.82) in a shoe. Instead of using it to call his family and explain his situation, or of reporting the attack to police, he started walking.

"I used the money I had hidden in my shoe to buy bread and water to fight off the hunger," the man said.

"It was good to be able to get home, but I did not want to cause any problems for anyone," he said. "I'm sorry to everyone that I inconvenienced."

The man added that the trip had not been a complete disaster as he had been able to find a rare card to add to his collection and that the muggers had failed to steal it.

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