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Shin-chan Creator's Phone Last Detected near Mountains

posted on 2009-09-17 02:04 EDT

According to police, the mobile phone of missing Crayon Shin-chan manga creator Yoshito Usui was last detected in the vicinity of Karuizawa, a town about 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) northwest of his Kasukabe home, on Monday. Karuizawa is located in the mountainous eastern part of Nagano Prefecture, near the border of the equally mountainous Gunma Prefecture.

Usui had reportedly told his family on Friday morning that he was "going hiking for a day in Gunma Prefecture," but he has not been heard from since. In particular, Usui is said to have expressed his intent to climb the Arafune mountain, which towers 1,422 meters (4,665 feet) high at the border between Nagano and Gunma Prefectures. The authorities have not detected any signals from Usui's mobile phone since Monday.

Source: Tokyo Shimbun


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