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‘Caring’ English teacher found dead after going missing in Japan

Written by on 09/07/2021

The body of an English teacher has been found in Japan, less than a week after she was reported missing.

Alice Hodgkinson, from Nottingham, who was living in Kanagawa, a prefecture just south of Tokyo, had been missing from her home since Thursday 1 July after she failed to turn up for work in the capital.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed on Friday that local authorities in the prefecture discovered her body on Wednesday this week and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the 28-year-old’s death.

Alice Hodgkinson
Image: Ms Hodgkinson was reported missing on Thursday 1 July

In a statement, her mother Julie, father Steve and brother Peter described Ms Hodgkinson as an “intelligent, adventurous, confident, caring young woman with a tremendous sense of humour”.

The family said: “She will be sorely missed and we would ask that our family is left in peace at this difficult time so we can come to terms with what has happened.

“We would also like to thank all those people, both in the UK and Japan, who have worked so very hard to raise awareness of Alice’s disappearance and provide practical support.

“Their support at this difficult time has been truly humbling. Thank you one and all.”

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She had lived in Japan since last year.

At the time of her disappearance, missing posters circulated online and Ms Hodgkinson’s brother Peter thanked people for the “absolutely amazing response” he received.

He also said: “I want people to be found that are missing, I want everyone to feel safe and confident living their life to the full.

“Whilst focusing on Alice I didn’t expect the impact that this would have on so many people’s lives.”

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