Sep. 13/11 JST
Position: 33°08'N, 139°48'E
Remaining to Hachijojima: In port
Remaining to Yokohama: 140 nm / 99.8% finished, (ETA: Sat., Sep 17) days)
We set the date for his arrival, which may be wet, but at least – right now – there is no typhoon in the forecast. If you are in Japan, come welcome him this Saturday at 10:00 --11:15 am in Yokohama. [Please note the slightly earlier time change.]
Strictly by coincidence – honest! – Saito-san returns to Japan at the start of a three-day national holiday weekend. Monday is the nation's annual "Respect for the Elderly Day."
If we'd had the pull, we'd have asked the powers-that-be to set it aside especially for him, but this is the next best thing: He will be 77 years, 8 months, and 10 days old on arrival.
Read here for the news story we prepared and Mike Seymour arranged to be published today in JapanToday.
You'll find there are already a lot of comments, including from one person who has proposed Saito-san as the next Prime Minister of Japan.
Arrival Date & Place:
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept 17, at Minato Mirai Pukari Pier, Yokohama