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MISSING IN JAPAN – French Activist Thomas Gainard
French activist and former Cove Guardian Thomas Gainard has not been heard from in 4 days after attempting to enter Japan via the Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, ferry terminal.
Gainard was traveling alone from Busan, South Korea, and was due to arrive May 28th at 7pm. He has not been heard from since 2pm on May 28th as he waited to board the ferry to Hakata-ku, Fukuoka Japan.
Gainard was recently working with a small team in South Korea to expose the illegal whaling practices occurring within the country. Thomas has previously traveled to Taiji, Japan, to film and expose the annual dolphin hunt and captivity trade.
The immigration office in Hakata-ku claims to not know the name Thomas Gainard and denies that he arrived in Japan. The team is working on contacting his immediate family, the French Embassy in Japan will not disclose if they have heard from Thomas or not.
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka Japan, Immigration Office can be reached at: +81-92-717-5424