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‘Ghost’ Follows Man into Taxi In Footage Shot In Japan

Post tsunami, several Japanese taxi drivers reported picking up 'ghost passengers'

25/07/2016 13:51 | Updated 25 July 2016

Chilling footage, appearing to show a shadowy figure climbing into a taxi alongside a paying passenger, is rousing the interest of internet sleuths.

Understood to have been shot in Japan, the clip shows the passenger stepping into the cab, where he is swiftly joined by his shadowy companion.

Some online denizens believe the figure looks to be that of a hunched woman with long, dark hair not unlike that of Japanese horror character Sadako, from The Ring novels and films.

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Does this footage show a ghostly passenger climbing into a taxi alongside a paying customer?  

Others merely defer to clever software editing skills.

However, there is some dubious intriguing background information that is being related to the footage.

In January it emerged that taxi drivers working in towns in north-east Japan, which were devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, were reporting picking up “ghost passengers”.

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Some online sleuths have remarked on the similarity of the figure to the Japanese horror character Sadako from The Ring 

At least seven drivers reported picking up “phantom fares” in a sociology study, The Asahi Shimbun reported.

The project, by Tohoku Gakuin University student Yuka Kudo, found that the drivers were convinced they were picking up genuine fares in each incident, running their meters only to find their passengers had disappeared upon reaching their destinations.

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As yet there have been no sightings of phantom cab drivers, a la Ghostbusters 1984

Kudo said: “Young people feel strong chagrin [at their deaths] when they cannot meet the people they love.

“As they want to convey their bitterness, they may have chosen taxis… as a medium to do so.”

Some 19,000 people were killed after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent a tsunami raging towards Japan in 2011. 

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