June 27, 2022

Tomoya Suzuki, 22, was planning to suggest to his girlfriend aboard the Kazu I, the sightseeing boat that disappeared off Hokkaido. The 2 stay lacking, however kinfolk of the couple have signed and submitted a wedding certificates on their behalf as a symbolic approach to assist them notice their needs.

“We wished to a minimum of fulfill the needs of two individuals who have vowed to like one another without end,” mentioned Suzuki’s uncle, Kensuke, 38.

Tomoya as soon as visited Kensuke’s house within the metropolis of Kushiro along with his girlfriend — affectionately identified by her nickname “Yucchi.” He had ready to suggest to her aboard the boat on Saturday — Yucchi’s birthday

As an alternative, the tour boat went lacking off Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula with 26 folks aboard, together with two kids and two crew members.

Tomoya was born in Obihiro, central Hokkaido, whereas Yucchi grew up within the neighboring city of Otofuke. The couple had been residing collectively within the metropolis of Kitami, the place Tomoya was working.

Kensuke remembers his nephew as a pleasant boy from early childhood who was near his personal son, who adored his cousin.

On Saturday, Kensuke discovered concerning the accident from his mom. Rising impatient, he went to Shari, the port city the place the boat had departed from the day earlier than. There he noticed Tomoya’s father — his brother — in tears.

Kitami Metropolis Corridor in Hokkaido on Wednesday | KYODO

“We grew up collectively, however this was the primary time I had ever seen him cry,” he mentioned. “It was heartbreaking.”

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It solely took Kensuke a second to interrupt down into tears himself as soon as he noticed Tomoya’s automotive parked close to the fishing port.

Because the accident, he has felt a rising mistrust towards Seiichi Katsurada, the president of Shiretoko Yuransen, the boat’s operator. Though Katsurada had appeared earlier than the households of the victims twice by Monday, his phrases and angle didn’t persuade Kensuke that he was genuinely sorry.

Certainly one of Yucchi’s dad and mom attended the sooner conferences for members of the family and saved asking Katsurada, “What are you going to do to offer us our daughter again?” Kensuke recalled, shaking with anger.

“It was laborious for me to look at,” Kensuke mentioned.

Pondering there was no new data, Kensuke determined to not attend Katsurada’s briefing for households on Wednesday.

Tomoya and his girlfriend had already launched their companions to their dad and mom. And on Tuesday night after the households of the couple talked it over, members of Tomoya’s household submitted their marriage certificates to the Kitami Metropolis Corridor though the town couldn’t settle for it.

“I do know it’s tough, however I hope that it’ll a minimum of function an emblem (of their emotions),” Kensuke mentioned.

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