Woman miss­ing in Ja­pan left note

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By CAI HONG in Tokyo cai­hong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A Chi­nese woman re­ported miss­ing in Ja­pan left a thank-you note ad­dressed to her par­ents at a guest­house in Sap­poro, Hokkaido News re­ported.

Wei Qi­u­jie, 26, a pri­mary school teacher from Shaowu, Fu­jian prov­ince, dis­ap­peared on July 23 dur­ing an eight-day va­ca­tion to Hokkaido, the north­ern­most part of Ja­pan.

In the note, which was left with other be­long­ings in the guest­house, she bade farewell to her fam­ily and said she was start­ing a new life, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Her fa­ther, mother and younger brother trav­eled to Sap­poro on Fri­day and met with po­lice of­fi­cers in Hokkaido on Sat­ur­day.

Wei, who was trav­el­ing alone, ar­rived in Hokkaido on July 18. She first stayed in Hako be­fore mov­ing to Sap­poro two days later. She had paid the guest­house in ad­vance and was due to check out on July 25.

How­ever, af­ter leav­ing on the morn­ing on July 22, Wei never re­turned, and the guest­house called the po­lice.

Wei Huasheng, the miss­ing woman’s fa­ther, said he re­ceived a mes­sage on WeChat from his daugh­ter at 5:26 pm that day say­ing she had re­turned safely. She also “liked” a friend’s post on Sina Weibo on July 23.

Hokkaido po­lice traced Wei Qi­u­jie to a hot spring re­sort next to Lake Akan in Kushiro on July 22, where she stayed overnight. Her where­abouts af­ter she de­parted the next morn­ing are un­known.

Ja­panese me­dia re­ported that an em­ployee at Akan Line, a tour com­pany that op­er­ates cruises around Lake Akan, saw a woman who looked like Wei board a boat alone at 8 am on July 23.

With the search un­der­way, Hokkaido po­lice have re­leased Wei’s photo to the pub­lic and are ask­ing peo­ple to re­port any sight­ings, ac­cord­ing to Jiji Press.

Wei Huasheng said his daugh­ter showed no change in char­ac­ter be­fore leav­ing for Ja­pan. He told Hokkaido po­lice that it was her first time to visit, and that she does not speak Ja­panese and has no friends in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to Ky­odo News.

“I want to search for my daugh­ter and bring her home,” he was quoted as say­ing by Ja­panese me­dia.

The air­line with which the woman was booked to fly to Shang­hai on July 25 said there is no record of her board­ing the plane, reschedul­ing or can­cel­ing her ticket.

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