A football swept away by the Japanese tsunami and found on a remote Alaskan island is to be returned to its teenage owner.
Sixteen-year-old Misaki Murakami’s name was written on the ball that was swept out to sea in March 2011, reports the BBC.
US man David Baxter found it more than a year later on a beach on Alaska’s Middleton Island.
His Japanese wife translated the writing on the ball, which included a school name and a “good luck” message.
Mr Murakami told Japanese media he was sure the ball was his and would be happy to have it back.
It had been given to him by his classmates in 2005 when he moved schools.
“I’m very grateful as I’ve so far found nothing that I’d owned,” he told broadcaster TBS.
Mr Murakami lives in the town of Rikuzen-takata, which was very badly hit by the tsunami.
He was home sick on the day of the disaster, but fled to higher ground when the earthquake struck. His home was swept away.
by The Punjapit Alliance