Teruhiko Matsumoto, a 46-year-old from Japan‘s Hyogo prefecture, spent almost a month sleeping in a train station in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, after losing his wallet and passport.
Matsumoto decided to sleep in the train station rather than ask for help because he was concerned people would think he was a beggar. His plight was noticed however by locals, who provided food and clothes.
Arriving in Fuzhou from Fuqing, Matsumoto discovered he’d lost his wallet and passport. Speaking neither English nor Chinese, and knowing no-one in the city, Matsumoto decided to sleep in the train station. A local resident alerted the newspaper the Straits News, hoping the media could help get Matsumoto back to Japan. However, attempts to help were hindered by the National Day holiday, as staff at the Fuzhou Public Security Bureau were all off-duty.
[Straits News reporter] Zhang said now that the National Day holiday is over, he will help the man go to the exit-entry administration to reapply for his passport and contact the Japan consulate for help to get him home as soon as possible.