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RIP, Shigeru Yokota, the best father anyone could wish for

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When she was a little girl, Megumi Yokota got lost in a department store, and the store paged her parents on the PA system.

They came running to collect her. To their surprise and relief, Megumi was having a great time, loving the ribbon that a kind floor saleswoman had tied in her hair. And she said to her parents, "Dad and Mum, where did you get lost?"

In 1977, 13-year-old Megumi was abducted on her way home from school in the city of Niigata.

On the night she went missing, her father, Shigeru, went to her school and looked in every toilet cubicle. Then, suspecting she might have been involved in a hit-and-run, he went on his hands and knees to search for a tire mark........

© The Asahi Shimbun