Police in Japan are looking for a British woman named Alice Hodgkinson who has been missing for almost a week, according to her relatives, and whose disappearance is “completely out of character.”
After failing to show up for work at an English discussion school in Tokyo, Alice Hodgkinson was reported missing.
Since arriving in Japan in March last year, Hodgkinson, a Nottingham native, has been working in Tokyo and residing in Yokohama, around 20 miles (30 kilometers) away. She last showed up for work on July 1st at Shane, which is part of a chain of language schools.
She is 28 years old.
Is Alice Hodgkinson Found?
No, the police are still looking for her.
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Police allegedly knocked down the door to Hodgkinson’s Yokohama apartment. They claimed to have discovered a note but refused to say what it said or whether it had anything to do with her disappearance.
Her father, Nottingham-based Stephen Hodgkinson, claimed he last heard from his daughter via email on June 30 after speaking with her via video conference on June 21, and she appeared to be her usual self.
Stephen said to the Guardian, “I know that a note was left addressed to myself and Peter, my son. I don’t know the exact text in the note but I understand it suggested that she was in a distressed state when she wrote it,”
“But there’s nothing I can do, it’s a waiting game wherever you are on the planet.”
According to Stephen Hodgkinson, police in Japan are looking through CCTV footage in the vicinity to figure out when Alice last left home.
Alice worked as an English teacher in Shanghai before returning to the UK to pursue a master’s degree in psychology.
She decided to prolong her tour to Japan by a year because she had enjoyed it so much, and she planned to return to England in March 2022 to finish her Ph.D. Her father said, “I think she was suffering a bit of burnout at the beginning of the year,”
“We Skyped around four months ago and she was a bit tearful, things seemed to be getting a bit on top of her but I had a chat with her and she had perked up by the next time we spoke. There’s been no indication since she was in any way unhappy.”
He went on to say that she had a large network of connections both in Japan and globally as a result of her time teaching abroad, and he was encouraged to see so many people pitching in to help with the search. Friends and colleagues in Japan have printed fliers in Japanese and English throughout Yokohama and Tokyo, as well as requesting information through social media.
Nottinghamshire police, Interpol, and the British consulate in Tokyo were assisting the family.
The Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office said in a statement: “We are in contact with local authorities in Japan regarding a missing British woman. Consular staff are in touch with her family in the UK.”
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Interpol had opened up a communication line between Nottinghamshire police and police in Japan, according to Stephen Hodgkinson, to enable news to reach the family fast.
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