Missing Japanese found
The police yesterday found a Japanese tourist who went missing after visiting the Gold Ecological Park in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Ruifang District (瑞芳). Setsubei Suzuki was found at 2:46pm in an abandoned mining area near Provincial Highway No. 2, about 5km down the hill from the park. The 74-year-old was reported missing on Tuesday after failing to meet up with the tour group he was traveling with. Authorities had launched a search mission involving 230 people and search dogs. Suzuki appeared to be in reasonably good condition after his three-day ordeal, suffering only from cuts sustained when he wandered around in the woods trying to find his way, police said. Suzuki apparently got lost when he turned in the wrong direction at the park’s entrance and headed for the mountains, police said, adding that further investigation was needed. Suzuki was sent to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Keelung branch for treatment.
Japan still top travel choice
Japan was ranked as the preferred travel destination for most Taiwanese, followed by China and Hong Kong, according to the 2013 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study. About 36 percent of Taiwanese said they were planning to visit Japan within a year, while 12 percent said China, 9 percent preferred Hong Kong, 8 percent liked South Korea and 6 percent chose the US. It is the third straight year that Japan, China and Hong Kong were ranked as the top three destinations for Taiwanese, the survey said. Budget no longer dictates destination, the survey found, with tourist attractions, scenery and culture becoming more important. The survey was conducted in 25 countries from November to December last year, with 12,631 respondents aged 18 and above.