- 28 Mar 2020
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I'm looking for Kawano Masao. From China Ken. He is now 63 years old.
Thank you so much for your time doing a research for me.These requests are usually difficult, but I did a little bit of sleuthing, and we might have a chance with this one.
Hikari-machi is Chiba has since merged with the neighboring town and is now Yokoshibahikari-machi:
Luckily, it seems that Yokoshibahikari has a number of their town newsletters archived on the Internet in PDF format.
Likewise, is your friend's name perhaps "Masao" (or something similar) rather than "Masai"? (the latter, again, is quite rare, I think).
About how old would your friend and his parents be now? Many of these newsletters list ages (though sometimes the years are unclear).
I also suspect that "Sugawasa" may be a typo of "Sugawara".
I may do a bit more digging after, but hopefully this will be a start.
Thank you so much. You're a great help.I see your first post (that I originally missed) also contains his age and confirms his name as "Masao".
In that case, I'd say there's a good chance that the 川野雅夫 above could be him.
The same name often appears in the context of a volunteer firefighting unit.
I did some searching, and found this page with contact information for the Yokoshibahikari-machi volunteer firefighting unit:
They also have a homepage:
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A quick search didn't turn up your friend's name, but you could try posting on the Facebook page and seeing if anyone knows him and could connect you.
It's a fairly small town, so even if your friend is no longer affiliated with the firefighting unit, I imagine it's not unlikely that someone on the page might be familiar with him.