March 19th, 2011
01:48 AM ET

Update: Man reported to be trapped in rubble was actually visiting home after spending days in shelter

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A young man authorities originally thought had been rescued from his home in Japan after being trapped for eight days actually had been staying in a shelter, the Japan Self-Defence Forces said Saturday.

The man had been visiting his home temporarily when rescuers found him, the forces said.

Kyodo News reported that the man had been staying in a shelter since the quake and tsunami hit the coastal city of Kesennuma on March 11. He returned home around noon Friday to clean it up, Kyodo reported, citing his family.

Related: Searches continues in Japan as death toll rises

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  1. Dan Clermont

    I muust admit that after watching that tearful admission I was wet with my tears , as was he he. I felt like screaming "save his tears fore the people that do not have any water to drink" I was envious of the courage that it took to order them to work extra hours fixing the problems. I feel so humbled by that courage. When they are buried, he can can sob at their funerals and show his courage. I believe that he should be in there with them ( no protective clothing for him) passing water bottles out to the workers, He should be given a medal or maybe a short sword to fall as he dies, I could swear and scream but only my dogs and the cat would hear me

    March 19, 2011 at 2:18 am |