Urgent hunt for Brit teacher, 28, missing in Japan after not turning up for work

Police are on the hunt for a 28-year-old Brit teacher who has gone missing in Japan.

Appeals have been launched on social media to help find Alice Hodgkinson who has been missing since July 1 from her home in Kanagawa, Mirror reports.

She has lived in the country since last year and is working for the Shane group of English schools but was reported missing after failing to turn up for work in Tokyo.

The Foreign Office said it was in contact with police in Japan regarding her disappearance.

A spokesperson said: "We are in contact with local authorities in Japan regarding a missing British woman. Consular staff are in touch with her family in the UK."

Her brother, Peter Hodgkinson, has spoken on social media where he has issued an appeal to find her.

He said: "I know that the police went round to her home again today so the investigation is continuing.

"We have Nottinghamshire Police setting up a link with the police in Japan over InterPol to deliver news and information to us, but this does take a few days to get setup.

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"The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office also have an incident logged."

Friends and ex-pats in Japan are circulating missing person posters on social media in English and Japanese to help find her.

Her dad Stephen told the Daily Telegraph that he had spoken to her the day before she disappeared and there was "nothing out of the ordinary at all".

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He said: "We would hear from her pretty regularly and catch up on Skype, but the first I heard that something was wrong was when the manager of her school called to say that she had missed work for a few days and that they were concerned about her wellbeing.

"It came as a bolt out of the blue."

Alice is described as being around 5ft 6in tall and a picture shows her with shoulder-length blonde hair.

People with any information have been asked to contact the Kanagawa Police HQ on 045 – 211 – 1212.

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