Taxi drivers report ghost passengers

Posted by on Friday, February 5, 2016

Several taxi drivers in Ishinomaki in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture have reported having ‘ghost passengers’ inside their taxi cabs. The same area was ravaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed 15,893 people.

Asahi Shimbun reports that Yuka Kudo, a senior at Tohoku Gakuin University majoring in sociology, interviewed more than 100 taxi drivers in Ishinomaki for her graduation thesis. 

Taxi drivers were asked if they had any unusual experiences after the March 2011 disaster. A total of seven drivers reported their strange experiences.

One driver said a woman got into his cab near Ishinomaki Station. The woman told him to take her to the Minamihama district.  The driver then asked her “The area is almost empty. Is it OK?” The woman replied, in a shivering voice, “Have I died?” When he looked back at his rear seat, no-one was there, according to the research.

Another driver related how a man, got into his cab and pointed toward the front. When the driver repeatedly asked the man for his destination, he replied “Hiyoriyama" (mountain). However, when the taxi arrived at the destination, the man had disappeared.

In some cases the taxi drivers had their meters going and had to pay the fair from their own pocket.

The Team

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