(NEWSER) – When a Japanese college student started corresponding with taxi drivers in Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture for her senior sociology thesis, some became irritated, while others pretended they didn't hear her, Asahi Shimbun reports.


But seven out of 100 drivers actually answered Yuka Kudo's odd question—"Did you have any unusual experiences after the [2011 tsunami] disaster?"—with responses that were both eerie and oddly similar. They all reported experiences with "ghost passengers," riders they say entered their cabs after the tsunami that killed nearly 16,000, then disappeared before the ride was over. One driver, for example, recounted a woman who got into his cab asking, "Have I died?" and was gone before they reached her destination, while another tells the tale of a man who asked the driver to take him to a mountain before he vanished.

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