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Homeless Japanese in Manila refuses to go home

A Japanese citizen, who was seen wandering off the streets of Roxas Boulevard near Libertad last Tuesday, Aug. 6, reportedly refused offers of some netizens to fly him back to Japan.


The Facebook uploader of the viral video named Maribelle Ocampo, who regularly visits the man in the area, replied to a comment of a netizen who wanted to help the Japanese.

“Nalaman namin ini-sponsor na daw siya, pero ayaw niya daw po. Tapos ‘yung wife niya kinukuha na daw siya pero ayaw niya,” Ocampo wrote.

In the latest video uploaded by Ocampo, she asks Yoshino: “‘Yung asawa mo daw, kinukuha ka. Ayaw mo daw?”

The Japanese only shakes his head in the video and repeatedly says the word “embassy”. When Ocampo asks if he wants to go home, Yoshino answers: “Sige na please, sige na please.”

Most of what can be heard in the video are incomprehensible. Unverified comments of some netizens said he might have been wanted in Shimane Prefecture in Honshu, Japan and that it could be the reason why he refuses to go back. Others suspect that he is mentally ill. However, these are merely speculations yet to be confirmed by authorities.

Ocampo said that saving the homeless Japanese named Yasushi Yoshino will not be easy. “Hindi po madali talaga yun proseso kasi kung madali lang sana, kinuha na po talaga si Yasushi sa Japan Embassy,” she wrote in a comment.

Netizens are lamenting the condition of the man after seeing him in the video posted by Ocampo last Tuesday. He looks in distressed in the video with overgrown hair, clasping his umbrella for shelter.

As of posting, Yoshino is still in Roxas Boulevard, but he was picked up Pasay Team Rescuers for a medical examination in the Pasay General Hospital.

Source: filipinotimes

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