Japanese taxi drivers claim 'ghost passengers' hail cabs at site of 2011 tsunami
In a bizarre, spooky tale out of the site of the deadly Japanese tsunami that in 2011 killed nearly 16,000 people, several taxi drivers are claiming to have picked up "ghost passengers," according to the local Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
A 22-year-old college student named Yuka Kudo polled 100 taxi drivers for their stories as part of her sociology graduate thesis. Most brushed her off, but seven told her of what they believed to be ghostly encounters.
In each retelling, the story is eerily similar: a cabbie says he picks up a passenger, who, shortly after is asked for the rider's destination, mysteriously disappears from the moving vehicle.
In one tale, a driver said he stopped for a woman several months after the disaster. She was wearing a coat (which was odd because it was summertime), and asked to be taken to the Minamihama district. After the cab driver told her there was nothing there since the tsunami devastated the area, she said in a shaking voice, as he remembered, "Have I died?". .
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