Japanese Taxi Drivers Claim to Pick up Ghosts of 2011 Tsunami Victims

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Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 15,000 people in Japan, and destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant, several taxi drivers have reportedly experienced a similar supernatural phenomenon. According to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, which cited a graduation thesis by a local sociology student, at least seven taxi drivers in the Ishinomaki prefecture have admitted to ghostly encounters with the victims of the tsunami.

All of the stories play out in a similar way. The taxi driver picks up a passenger in an area that was hit by the tsunami. After asking for a destination, the passenger gives a response that doesn’t make sense, and a short time later the passenger disappears.

One taxi driver told the story of a woman who asked for a ride to the Minamihama district, to which he asked her if she was sure because the area was practically deserted. The woman then fearfully asked “have I died?” When the driver turned around, she was gone.

The student who compiled these stories, Yuka Kudo, interviewed 100 drivers for her thesis. She found a common thread in all these stories, in that all of the apparitions were young people. Whether they really saw any apparitions is of course, up for debate. However, she thinks that all of the cabbies at least believed that they were picking up real passengers, because in each story they started their meters before the ghosts disappeared.

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  • Barn Cat

    It’s the work of demons who impersonate spirits of the dead. They want people to believe that there’s no heaven and no hell after you die.

    • Reverend Draco

      As opposed to the demon who claims otherwise?

      Demons are demons. . . both sides lie.

      • sunshine

        Do you believe in demons and ghosts?

        • Reverend Draco

          Let’s just say that I’ve seen and done too many things that neither religion nor science can explain. . .

          • sunshine

            Aw man now you know I want to hear some stories 🙂

          • Reverend Draco

            Ok. . .

            My wife had a cat that died before we met. . . yet I’ve felt him jump on the bed more than once over the last 7 years. . .

            The rest sound as loco as virgin birth and zombie children.

          • sunshine

            Weird! I won’t laugh or think you’re nuts, I love stories like this….if you want to share 🙂 If not, I totally understand!

          • AmericanGrammie

            Hi Sunshine, I too have had too many psychic experiences to to list here. But my first at around age 5 when my mother and I were leaving an ice skating pond and another mother and her daughter were coming onto the ice. I looked at the child and it was like looking in a mirror at myself. I took many classes and was a friend of Dr. Alex Tanous, an internationally known psychic in Maine and NYC. (you can find some of his work on YouTube and Google.) In a class on parapsychology, he handed out sealed manila envelopes with postcards in them that we weren’t to open yet. I put my hand on it and immediately wrote down my impressions starting with my pen going in long up and down lines, then I drew circles and wrote ocean and tiny white houses like you might see in Greece. The postcard that was in my envelope was VanGogh’s Starry Starry Night. I too have felt my cats jump onto my bed and lie down beside me. I could go on for hours….

          • sunshine

            Are you a Rh negative blood type too? I think I would be scared to have those things happen to me!

          • AmericanGrammie

            No, just plain old type O I believe. I relish the experiences I have. Just relax, don’t be afraid, and see what happens. Oh, I recommend my favorite book to everyone I talk to. Probably the best place to find it is EBay or maybe Amazon. It’s “Postcards From Heaven” By Dan Gordon. He’s a Hollywood playwright and member of the Israeli Defense Force. Each chapter is about a member of his family and the messages he received after they died. Funny and sad too. You’ll laugh and cry all t the same time. It’s a quick read, only 110 pages. Wonderful book.

          • sunshine

            You can be O negative…I am O positive so I don’t have the negative Rh blood. I’ll look for that book, thank you!

          • sunshine

            Oh forgot to add, are you Rh negative blood type? They say people that are, have more mystical/psychic senses and see ghosts and stuff more than others. That probably sounds crazy too but I’m not discounting it.

          • Reverend Draco

            Funny thing – I had CABGx5 a year ago. . . and still have no idea what blood type I am.

            I should probably remedy that. . .

          • David

            i have rh negative blood. what you’ve heard is true.

          • Anybody who is Rh positive has monkey genes.

          • sunshine

            Yeah I’ve heard that. Unfortunately I’m O positive so I guess I’m kind of screwed.

          • If you were O negative you’d be in high demand, because anyone can take O negative blood, it being the universal donor. I would think that O positive would be nearly as good and/or there’d be way to remove the Rh factor, by now, Rh stands for rhesus, as in monkey.

          • sunshine

            I don’t think I could stand being psychic or seeing ghosts. I had a friend in elementary school that claimed that aliens would come to her window at night and told me to spend the night so I could see them too. Even as a 9 year old I knew to say HELL NO to that! Scared the crap out of me!

            I tried to buy that shortwave radio but they said they did discontinue it….what’s a good alternative?

          • Did you try it on Amazon? They might eve have a used or returned one for even less with a guarantee.
            That failing, it is hard to recommend a radio when I don’t know what you want to listen to with it. I have a TECSUN PL-380 stashed away for when the Kaito dies. Amazon sells those for $42.50 and they are a neat little radio, but they may have too many features that could confuse a beginner. If you want to learn more, that would be a good starter because of the price.
            Psychic abilities don’t usually force themselves onto those who don’t want them because they usually have to be cultivated. Since my experiences have been of knowing about things when I needed to, with no memory of having learned what I suddenly know, such knowledge came along just when I needed and wanted it.

          • sunshine

            Well, I don’t know much about it, what is there to listen to? What does shortwave offer, really?

            How does one cultivate them? I certainly don’t want to see ghosts but I wouldn’t mind other psychic abilities! But I have monkey blood so it probably keeps me from psychic abilities regardless.

          • A substantial majority of shortwave is in english, and a substantial part of that is Christian evangelism. The rest comprises whatever you’d find on your car radio if it could pick up stations from every country in the world. It is more important that it does not offer the American mainstream media’s point of view and spin with every word.
            Start reading about Edgar Cayce and you’ll find your way to whatever you are looking for that he was adept at.

          • sunshine

            I know some about Cayce, but how does he fit in here?

          • Cayce is one of the best known psychics in human history, and was the subject of a large number of parapsychologists’ professional studies.

          • sunshine

            I like his prediction on Russia 🙂

          • Which was? 🙂

          • sunshine

            Russia will be the light, and hope of the world, and true freedom will come from there. His descriptions of the “sins” of the key nations are also spot on. From what I know about Cayce, he is the real deal and was an amazing man. His institute is in VA Beach, I plan to go to it someday.

          • Maybe we should contact Putin and see if we can secede from America and become part of the Russian Republic. Of course, that might be after they put the great satan in her place. Did his prediction have a timeline or historic marker of any kind?

          • sunshine

            It doesn’t appear so. Here’s a link:

            http://www.regels.org/Edgar-Cayce.htm

            The only thing I see in the way of timeline is for geological changes, but they seem to have not come true. But, he wasn’t always right. My husband, who is a pretty skeptical man, believes in Cayce so that says a lot about him to me.

            I find it even more interesting that Vanga, the blind Bulgarian prophetess, essentially said the same thing regarding Russia. I wish we could go to Russia…I am trying to find a Russian tutor or lessons for my children in Russian! I had heard that Putin was giving money and land to those willing to settle the Russian Far East, but I don’t know much about it. It may be worth looking into. It would be nice for the white South Africans to check into it too. Imagine what we could build there!

          • Since the mini ice ages come every 200 years, and we are just descending into one… The sun’s cycles effect more than just its output, they also affect the earth’s magnetic fields and tectonic plates. Since I live in the ‘tropical’ part of Wyoming, where we have received less than half a foot of snow this winter, and it has been in the low 50’s all week, I’ve no interest in moving to Siberia.

          • sunshine

            So, Wyoming is going to get colder? But if so, why is it so warm there now? I’m not much interested in Siberia either lol. But it would be nice to live outside the US. I’ve never been to Wyoming, what’s it like?

          • The predictions I have heard is that agriculture will come to an end in Canada, and that the northernmost of American states will look a lot like Canada did when it was cultivated: shorter growing seasons. I spent a week in London and a couple nights in Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, as well as several weeks in small to medium town Mexico. The latter is the most inviting of the four, for me. I might check out the Commonwealth of Dominica, because it seems to have the culture of Britain in a Caribbean climate, which probably appeals to my Welch ancestry.
            Wyoming is known as the Equality State because it was the first state to give women the vote. There were several all-woman city councils in the early years. My favorite mountains (Tetons) can be seen from my least favorite Wyoming town (Jackson) and I can get to the most beautiful place I’ve seen in this country (Chief Joseph Highway) in half an hour. The predominant political orientation here is conservative, the most liberal places being Jackson and Laramie. There are 14 guns per capita in the county. I could see living the rest of my life here, because I doubt it would change much is it seceded, as an increasing number support.

          • sunshine

            Isn’t it really, really cold in Wyoming? I have heard it is very conservative and it sounds pretty great, just cold!

          • It has been shirtsleeve weather for most of the last week in the Big Horn Basin, not so much in the southwestern corner, which has always been the icebox.

          • Joan Camara

            I’m rh negative, and have never had an experience, or have had those senses.

          • Smarty

            Go for it man! I told my story (see below) and we’re not here to judge you !! Cough it up Reverend Dino !!

          • Chet Shean

            Yeah, well that’s nothing! My brother and his friend used to go watch flying saucers every weekend night after drinking a fifth of Jack Daniels!!!

          • Reverend Draco

            Maybe you should stop drinking?

          • Smarty

            Maybe the cat was just coming back for more peanut butter??

          • Reverend Draco

            Heh.

          • AquarielCharm

            The exact same happens to me several times every week. Never heard or read anyone else experiencing this.

          • WatchingTheFall

            I’ve slept in cemeteries and never saw any ghosts, but then again I’m already dead.

          • Reverend Draco

            I know people who used to record music in a Mausoleum, both for the acoustics and the audience. . .

          • James

            It started yesterday after lunch and a beer. I decided to try the newt river salamander from a street vendor. Chines New year walking the streets looking over all the discount sales. Enjoying the parade. All was normal till that time. Not room here to tell all the strange things that happened between then and 4 Am when I got home. But if you had a few hours to listen to just the highlights of what was seen and happened you would be amazed at all.

          • sunshine

            I have all the time to read, if you wanna share the best ones….

          • James

            I waded pulled a light bamboo raft up to last point on the river. From there you walk in. That point were our world ends and a other begins. Up into Ma-Ora country. A more primitive people some would say. The type who come to town to trade once a year. There there children play with the light switch to make the lights turn on and off. Quit a treat for them to see. Gathers & Hunters still. A people who live in trees above the ground. Great hunters with bamboo arrows. Once up river I found a small of trail up into a high valley & there a small village of 5 huts. I indicated I was hungery and would like to spend the night. They are a friendly people the majority of the time. So that was granted. There is were the problem started A fine supper was gave. It is best to eat what is gave. A meal of a heavy tapioca pudding with wart hog meat & a abundance of the small red volcano peppers floating in it. Quit a meal to enjoy it was. This is another way to see spirits in the night & demon come to haunt you. But I survived the attack with much suffering that night. Had a light breakfast with them at daylight. Left a small handful of good steel nails as a gift to them before departing on further away from home. Nails are very valuable as arrow & spear points. To some.

          • sunshine

            That is so cool! So, those people basically live with the demons? Why are they there, or what do they think draws them there? What does wart hog taste like?

          • BasicRules

            Wut wut Wait what ….

          • Chet Shean

            Especially after hitting the sauce!!

          • Reverend Draco

            Dunno. . . I don’t drink.
            You seem to be the one with all the alcoholic experience.

          • Don’t you get thirsty?

          • Reverend Draco

            Yeah. . . but not for “the sauce.”

          • Thirst for alcohol is more a craving than thirst, which is a body’s demand for a necessity.

          • What else is there besides science and religion to explain it?

          • Reverend Draco

            Nothing else that I’m aware of. . .

          • It is called superstition when it unsubstantiated, but never mind the similarity of the definitions for superstition and religion, being almost synonymous.

          • Reverend Draco

            Which is why I don’t generally push these experiences off onto others. . . or even relate them to society at large.

            If I can’t make sense of them, how can I expect others to?

          • I don’t have a need to make sense of what I know to be the truth, that is why I don’t call it a belief.

        • James

          Yes I have survived a number of Chines New Years in Asia. It is there day to be ran off. Once you survive one here you do believe.

        • BasicRules

          Better yet

    • Where do demons come from if not heaven or hell?

    • Smith

      Exactly

  • Reverend Draco

    Well. . . traditional Japanese religious practices involve ancestor-worship. . . so it isn’t surprising to me.

  • Smarty

    If you have never encountered and interacted with a ghost, this is hard to understand. I personally HAVE done this, and I will tell you that it is a real fact. They do exist. Prior to this experience, I had a hard time believing it, but in one short minute I was a complete convert. My experience was later backed up by other residents of this property before I sold it. Our stories were identical, and we had no reason to discuss something like this together until the events united us.

    • sunshine

      Well can you tell us about it? I have never seen one and would probably drop dead on the spot if I saw one. My aunt has a really old house that has a room that is supposed to be haunted, we’ve slept in it and everything and never saw or heard anything. Supposedly other people have though, I wonder why it would appear to some people and not others?

      • Reverend Draco

        Some people are more sensitive than others. Some people have “perfect pitch,” some people can’t carry a tune in a shipping container. . .

        Pets are usually more sensitive than humans.

        • sunshine

          Well we had my dog with us once and she didn’t seem to notice anything….but maybe she was an insensitive anomaly lol.

        • Animals don’t ignore and bypass their sensitivity like humans do. All animals (including humans) are born with ‘perfect pitch’ but most humans abandon it for worldly considerations.

          • Reverend Draco

            True – animals don’t ignore and bypass their sensitivity – in the animal world, that sensitivity can mean the difference between continued breathing, and not.

          • Likewise in the instance of human intuition, which is merely the remnant of what they are born from.

      • gato felix

        Sunshine I had an experience about 9 y/a that to this day I can’t get out of my head, I was on the phone in my kitchen when out of the corner of my eye I saw a shadow moving really fast, it went through my kitchen door that conected to my garage, the door made a noise as if it had moved, anyway I really didn’t react to it until my granddaughter who was on the kitchen table coloring said “somebody went out the door” I’m telling you it scared me so much I got religious in that instant!!! I don’t think i’ll ever forget that day.

        • sunshine

          What’s your blood type? Rh neg?

          • gato felix

            I’m not sure, although it would be interesting to see if there’s a conection with that blood type and the paranormal.

          • sunshine

            That’s what they say….

      • Smarty

        My grandfather built a house in 1960. He died in it (the garage) in late 1981. My dad, recently divorced, bought the house from the estate, and I moved in with him. I was 19 years old. We lived there until around 1986. My dad and I (both carpenters) decided to build a two family building about 50 miles away. He moved into his unit, and I was staying in the old house alone one for a few more days as I was working close by, and this would be the last night I stayed there. What I had left in that house amounted to a twin bed, a box that I was using as a night stand, a clock and a probably a toothbrush. The house was virtually empty. Somewhere around 3AM, sound asleep, I felt the bed sink as if someone sat on it. I woke up to find “grandpa” sitting right next to me. I reeled back, looked at the lit alarm clock and by the time I looked back he was already rising (maybe two seconds?) and I felt the bed rise up again as he did this. He then moved to the bedroom door. He stood there for maybe 10-15 seconds more mouthing some words that I didn’t hear or understand and then turned and walked down the hall. I was wide awake through this whole experience, and didn’t go back to sleep, so I was positive that it wasn’t some kind of dream. I didn’t sleep again that night. He was a great man, so it wasn’t as if I was scared shitless….just more perplexed than anything. I think that on my last night there…ever…he was just saying goodbye.
        I didn’t mention any of this to my dad (or anyone else) because I figured he’d think I was nuts and I was still second guessing it all on a daily if not an hourly basis. This went on for a few weeks or more until we rented the house to a professional middle age couple. It probably wasn’t much more than a week after they moved in that we got the call stating that they weren’t the only ones living there. Apparently, grandpa was visiting the new tenants quite often. For them, it was the same thing. He wasn’t angry, he wasn’t hostile, he just showed up and mouthed words.
        The people that moved in had no way of knowing much about him as they had never seen him, but they described him in great detail, right down to the white tank top (wife beating) shirts that he wore 365 days a year around the house.
        My grandfather died under strange circumstances. My dad found him in the garage, half in/out of his Grand Torino, dead. The key was on, the overhead door was closed, and the gas tank was dry. He had left no suicide note and didn’t seem suicidal (although depressed I believe because his second wife had died about 3 years prior). Even his parrot inside the house had died from the fumes that leaked in. I will never know if this was some kind of freak accident or a suicide, but it seems strange that he would have started the car and then opened the overhead door (he had a remote opener) although I never witnessed how he did this procedure on a daily basis. The consensus was that he had a heart attack and the car was already running but I guess I’ll never know. OR, there was more to the story and my dad never told me. That I’ll never know either. The other strange thing about him/his death are that he always made comments like “When I die, keep the house in the family” or “I’ll never leave this place even after I’m gone” …and things of that nature, so maybe he meant it enough that he actually pulled it off?
        My dad and I had lived in this house for around 5 years together and in that time I (or he) never ONCE saw or felt anything weird, and yet on the very last night that I’d be there, grandpa showed up and stayed on to entertain the new tenants.
        After the tenants contacted us, I guess my dad went to the home and “had a talk with grandpa and the house”. After this, the complaints stopped, everyone got back to normal, and the tenants eventually bought the house. I believe this would be possible because we weren’t dealing with an angry ghost….possibly just a confused one. 30 years has gone by, and I wish I had asked my dad a lot more questions about it. I figured I had more time to do that, but he got dementia in about 1995 and started fading fast, so I’ll never know any more than what I can piece together from my recollections as a 19-20 year old.
        So, for me, this event was a life changer at a young age. Until someone experiences an event like this, I can understand their disbelief as I was in that camp as well. And reading about these Taxi drivers just solidifies my opinion and experience. The ghost is in the car….the ghost is gone. Now you see him, now you don’t. Same thing, different place….
        Believe in them people…they are real. I don’t know what they are (time warp maybe?) but they do exist and they are real !

        • Lucian

          It’s funny because people who have these experiences have to listen to a bunch of know-it-alls (usually atheists-they’re smarter than everybody else) tell them they are seeing things or that it’s just swamp gas, stupid. Funny thing is, people like you don’t care at all what they say. You know what you saw and you know what you experienced.

        • sunshine

          Wow, that’s an amazing story, thanks for sharing!

  • 11eninodstsinoizcinatasdid

    Has a ghost ever posted on Disqus?

    • Nick

      Yes, they support Marco and Hillary.

      • Reverend Draco

        And Bernie.

        • Plextt Plextt

          Which of the three do you believe would provide the least amount of consequence?

          • Reverend Draco

            D. None of the above

          • Depends on which kind of consequence you prefer.

        • Nick

          Bernie doesn’t need ghosts, he has Americas indoctrinated children.

    • Razedbywolvs

      Gill G was human once. Does that count?

  • beef cheese-knee

    Boo!

  • That’s a common theme in Asia. After the tsunami, I went vacationing at a Thai resort that was affected by the wave. The local legend, as explained by Koreans, was that those who had died walk the beaches at night, as their souls are not at peace.

    Giving that, and the bats and creepy crabs, walking the beach at night was not a fun activity.

  • Chet Shean

    Should read, “Admitted to picking up ghosts after smoking whacky tabbaccy!”

    • Lucian

      Wow. That’s STILL not funny.

  • Who paid the fares rung up by the meters after the passengers disappeared?

  • FOOLS, demons exist, and so do ghost. YOUR ideas of how the world and the spirit realm works is way off. You better study history, religion, and the paranormal more.

  • charlie baker

    Sounds like typical urban legend stuff, but who knows…I remember reading stories of a similar nature years ago after a horrific airliner crash in Chicago. For a long time after the crash there were reports of encounters with what appeared to be people, acting strangely and looking as if they had been through some traumatic event, some even smelling like kerosene. There was a trailer park in the area and people living there reported strange people knocking on their doors and then disappearing. Weird stuff.

  • James

    With Chines New years here yesterday. Parades blow out sells street vendors shows strange foods fire works from dark till dawn. I think many taxi drivers picked up strange apperition and many members of the living dead yesterday to take home. But demons I do not think so. Fire works scare them to high heaven. We we set of so many.

  • Jeffersonian

    God promises ever lasting life, not burn in hell if you don’t go to heaven. Our God is like our physical father, and would your dad burn you alive for committing a sin? No! What the church and the gay King James has fabricated our God into some twisted evil lie!

  • r2b

    The Japanese LOVE their ghost stories

  • Heres Albert

    DHS drone spy program exposed. Watch close up at three min mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suxjR0_O80k

  • A CATAL

    That stories is very similar to Okinawan, because they talk about it all the time in Okinawa because there is also Taxi drivers who pick up a woman at the country side road and she was wearing an older time period clothing, then the driver ready to drop her off, she vanished and left the leaves of a tree on the back seat of the Taxi Cab.

    • WatchingTheFall

      I used to drive taxi, whenever I picked up Asian people and it was time to pay me they would look like they’d seen a ghost and act like I owed them money.

      • A CATAL

        Wow,….that is something and it’s pretty funny, too.

      • A CATAL

        Lol!

  • mothman777

    On occasions, I have seen people appear, and appear so real as to be physically present, and then just vanish, and have been clairvoyant like this all my life.

    Sometimes, walking past a car, I will see the spirit of someone sitting in the front seat of a parked car, and they appear exactly like any other person, and then they will suddenly just vanish.

    As a boy, I would regularly see a slim, pretty woman with wavy short blond hair, standing smiling to me in the back garden of the house where I lived, and have very clear recollections of this, especially around when I was 4 years old or so, and sometimes I could see all the nadis, or subtle vascular system carrying chi on her face and all around her head, very fine tubules filled with golden prana, so much so that she looked sometimes like she was covered in golden fur, like a beautiful human pussy cat, though of course, as a child, all this was a complete wonder to me, and I did not understand any of what I was seeing, except that she was a nice friendly, loving person.

    There are various dimensions that cross right through this one, and it is only by God’s grace that some sensible order is maintained, rather than a complete breakdown into a chaotic mish mash of trillions and trillions of beings tuning in to each other all at once, haphazardly, without any purpose at all, on entirely meaningless or irrelevant wavelengths, that have nothing to do with coherent telepathy, like some cosmic car crash.

    We have a lot to be grateful for, in spite of the seeming madness of the political and religious situation in this material world, there is still far more order being maintained than we can see, and we do constantly receive an inconceivably massive amount of psychic protection and spiritual nurturing from the cosmic Supersoul who dwells within the individual souls of all of us, without any beginning, even though we might not always feel that to be the case, but the soul of each of us is indestructible, and this mayic material dream dimension is only a temporary projection around us.

    I communicate with yogis, members of many religions and beliefs, living and ‘dead’ and many other individuals by telepathy, with visual contact, and this is a state of consciousness that any person may come to practice, though with the clear understanding that to remain in close connection with the Supersoul, or Godhead Soul, is vital when practicing this, so as to manifest as beneficial a presence as possible on all around them, otherwise, telepathy and all other siddhis are only very troublesome and the cause of much mental chaos and suffering on the inner planes.

  • WatchingTheFall

    Lol

  • WatchingTheFall

    If ghosts really exist you’d think hospitals would all be haunted.