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Japanese man ends three-month layover in Mexico City airport

January 15, 2009 |  8:59 am

You might remember a chap called Hiroshi Nohara whom we mentioned back in November -- the Japanese man was at the time living in Terminal 1 of Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport. You can watch an Associated Press video dispatch about him here.

He had arrived at the beginning of September, and remained in the airport for three months. On a trip through the airport in December, I spotted him sitting quietly in the restaurant zone of the terminal, surrounded by plastic bags and empty soft-drink cups from fast-food restaurants. The authorities didn't move him on because he wasn't hurting anyone or making a nuisance of himself.

Well, it appears his stay has come to an end.

Local media are reporting that Nohara took a flight home Monday to Japan via San Francisco. Nohara had left the airport for two weeks to stay in the apartment of a woman in Mexico City, but he returned briefly to take the flight out of Mexico for good.

Good luck to you Hiroshi -- wherever you decide to call home next!

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City