Japan denies news of `eight-day survivor`

A man thought to have survived for 8 days in rubble is actually an evacuee.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 16:53 PM IST

Osaka: A man thought to have
survived for eight days in the rubble of Japan`s earthquake
and tsunami zone was actually an evacuee who had returned to
his house, a military spokesman said on Saturday.

Troops had found the man -- aged in his 20s,
apparently in shock and unable to speak -- inside a wrecked
house in the disaster area of Kesennuma city in Miyagi
prefecture, the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) said earlier.

"When the person was transported to hospital, a fire
department official recognised him as an evacuee who had been
in a centre for a week and who had tried to return to his
home," an SDF spokesman later said.

The man had temporarily returned home, together with
his family, and was alone on the second floor of his
half-destroyed house when he was found by a pair of troops,
Jiji Press said, citing SDF and hospital sources.

The man was identified as Katsuharu Moriya, Kyodo News
agency reported.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11 triggered a
giant tsunami that flattened Japan`s northeast coast and
killed 7,197, according to the latest police death toll, with
almost 11,000 officially listed as missing.

PTI