​Mugging Victim in Japan Walks 800 Miles to Get Home

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September 10, 2013

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A mugging victim in Japan, who was stripped of all his money, walks 800 miles after deciding his unfortunate incident didn’t warrant bothering the authorities with his troubles. He told a reporter that he didn’t want to cause problems for anyone.

The 25-year-old who hasn’t given his name embarked upon the epic 11-day trek after having his wallet and mobile phone stolen. He was in Kitakyushu at the time attending a convention, a full 800 miles away from his home in Sendai.

He made the decision not to bother the authorities or worry his family by telling them what happened, so instead just set off on his merry way…on foot.

“It was good to be able to get home, but I did not want to cause any problems for anyone. I’m sorry to everyone that I inconvenienced,” said the man upon his return.

Luckily for him, he’d hidden an extra Y2,000 in one of his shoes that the muggers didn’t get hold of. This modest sum — the equivalent of about $16 — would prove just enough to keep him fed and hydrated for his journey home, but didn’t leave a penny spare for him to phone his loved ones and let them know he was alive.

When he didn’t turn up for the flight he was supposed to take back home, his mother reported him as missing to the police.

“I was shocked and thought I was seeing a ghost when he arrived,” his mum told the local press.

“I’m just thrilled that he is back and I’m very sorry to everyone who was worried about him.”

Never the types to wallow in the negatives of life though, the pair beamed about the good things that came out of his rather eventful journey. Not only did he take home a rare playing card from the convention that the muggers didn’t spot, but he also arrived home with a much-needed tan, or so his mother said.