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French woman questions Abe, Macron over sister missing in Japan

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By Bertrand Guay

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Rather worrying that she has not been located at all. I fear a unhappy ending, but hope for the best.

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Japanese police mounted a search but found no trace of her, say French authorities, who also launched an investigation into her disappearance -- standard procedure in France when something happens one of its citizens abroad.

Yeah, and if it had been someone different, the search would be continuing. I fear that in 10 years we are going to see stories about the police handing out flyers asking for information about this missing woman!

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on the contrary, when a japanese national goes missing overseas, the japanese media and government go into a frenzy.

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What more does she expect them to do?

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Aly

I'm sure any country would react the same, not just Japan. Rember the UK media’s reaction over the murders of Lucie Blackman and Lindsay Hawker?

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They still haven't found any sign of her meaning that instead of just missing could she possibly have been kidnapped?

Veron was then invited into the Elysee Palace by members of the diplomatic staff while Abe and Macron sat down for a working lunch.

Shows you how much they care.

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One human is a start. "Step by step one gets to Rome".

Personally I suspect she fell foul of the serial groper that the signs up there warn about.

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Yeah, and if it had been someone different, the search would be continuing.

It isn't like the search has been called off, just maybe less manpower.

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It’s unfortunate but true that sometimes, as in the case of the French police search for Narumi Kurosaki, missing people are not found, or are found only after many years. I don’t know of any country that continues to devote full manpower to a search indefinitely.

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Aly

> I'm sure any country would react the same, not just Japan. Rember the UK media’s reaction over the murders of Lucie Blackman and Lindsay Hawker?

Hi Sean

I don't know about that. I recall that the UK authorities were quite mum about the whole thing with Lindsay. It was her family, her father in particular, who kept up the heat on the Japanese government. If anything, from what my british friends who followed the case were telling me, the UK gov tried to pressure him to keep quiet to not offend the Japanese police and authorities. Blackman, I can't really remember the particulars of the case.

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Good for her. It seems that the Japanese media for the most part haven't given this story much attention as, I would assume, they don't want the negative news getting out and ruining that stellar image Japan is riding.

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Good for her. It seems that the Japanese media for the most part haven't given this story much attention as, I would assume, they don't want the negative news getting out and ruining that stellar image Japan is riding.

They haven't given much attention to it because, once the basic fact the she disappeared has been reported (and it was), and a few days have passed, there isn't much of a story there.

There's nothing to indicate that it's negative news in the sense of something reflecting badly on Japan; it's simply an unfortunate but far from unknown occurrence. The likeliest explanation, as in so many other instances, is an accident or getting lost and then incapacitated by exposure to the elements. That is always a risk of hiking in unfamiliar territory, often with added hazards from the terrain itself and from weather and temperature. The risk is considerably increased when people go alone without informing anyone of their destination, intended route, or expected time of return.

This case involves an adult of 36, well able to make decisions and take responsibility for herself, including that of travelling alone and walking alone. It's tragic for her family that she has disappeared, but there isn't a huge amount that can be done about it at this end, and no one is to blame.

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yeah Let’s blame japan it’s their fault why the woman suddenly disappeared. Of course japan doesn’t want to cover this, any other. Any other country would do the same.

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White women traveling alone are receiving unwanted attention occasionally in Japan, good to be vigilant anywhere if you are completely a stranger in that country.

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It seems that the Japanese media for the most part haven't given this story much attention as, I would assume, they don't want the negative news getting out and ruining that stellar image Japan is riding.

It was widely reported when she went missing. What do you expect the media to do after that? Publish daily stories titled 'Yes, the French women is still missing. Police still have no idea what happened.'? Nothing has changed since the initial story, what's the point of continued coverage? If something is finally found, you can bet it will be in the news.

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Reality check : japan did nothing serious and tend to put in the accident case every crime on stranger to not loose its advertising : most secure country in the world to travel.

So they delay the affair. Normally within the week, french cop would have been sent. We are 3 month later and still nothing was done.

We all suspect kidnapping or a sex crime.

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