28 Jun '18, 2pm

Japanese man forced to leave island where he lived for 29 years in solitude

He had found paradise on a deserted island in Japan and lived there for 29 years, but Mr Masafumi Nagasaki was removed from his home recently by the authorities. Mr Nagasaki, 82, was taken away from Sotobanari, which is part of the Okinawa Prefecture, in April after a group of people reported that the man appeared to be in poor health, reported the Telegraph on Wednesday (June 27). After police picked him up from the island in April, he has been living in a government house on Ishigaki island - 60km away from his beloved island. When he was found by the authorities, Mr Nagasaki "probably only had the flu", but is now not allowed to go back to the island which he calls paradise, said documentary maker Alvaro Cerezo who has been in touch with the Japanese man since 2014. Mr Nagasaki had chosen to live on Sotobanari in 1989 to escape from urban life, and has previously said t...

Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japanese-man-...

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