After Japan Tsunami, Taxi Drivers Picked Up Ghost Passengers Trying To Get Home

Shelley Hazen - Author

Dec. 6 2016, Updated 12:05 a.m. ET

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the eerily similar stories told by seven Japanese taxi drivers shortly after the devastating 2011 tsunami are enough to give anyone the shivers.

They all work in the coastal town of Ishinomaki, a prefecture in Japan where 6,000 people died in 30-foot-high waves. In the months afterward, they claim to have picked up ghost passengers, the Telegraph reported.

In all cases, the ghost passengers entered the taxi, asked to be brought their destination, and then disappeared, leaving their fare unpaid.

Their stories were discovered and collected by a college student named Yuka Kudo, 22, Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun reported. She’s a sociology major at Tohoku Gakuin University and compiled the paranormal encounters for her graduate thesis.

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Kudo is from a prefecture that was spared in the 2011 tsunami, and before talking to these spooked taxi drivers, she thought of the natural disaster’s victims as “thousands of people” in a detached sort of way. She’s since changed her mind.


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