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perhaps he wasn't lost after all, and wasn't a karate master either...


TOKYO : A group of Singaporeans in search of a secret martial arts manuscript is believed to have been united with its owner in northern Japan.

They went on the mission to fulfil the wishes of a late martial arts master.

The group, however, still have doubts on whether they have found the right man.

Thirteen Singaporeans arrived in Tokyo in late March and made their way up to Aomori in search of a man possessing a secret martial arts manuscript.

They did not know the man's name, address or how he looked like.

They split up into groups believing that Japan was tiny enough to locate the martial arts master.

But three members of the group went missing last week.

Police found them shivering in a van in the slopes of Mount Iwaki where there were more than two meters of snow.

They were unhurt.

"I will keep on searching for him no matter how dangerous it may be. We are very determined," said Xu Tian Lin, son of martial arts instructor Xu Jian Shui.

It was after that incident that their adventure in northern Japan in search for a secret manuscript came to light.

The story drew a media frenzy with major TV networks and tabloids covering the mysterious group extensively.

The extensive media coverage seems to have brought luck to the group.

A martial arts master has stepped forward to say that he may be the one they are searching for.

"There was a teacher who came to see me. He said he was studying Chinese southern style martial arts. His name was Xu," said Shoen Fukuda, a Chinese Northern Style martial arts master.

Mr Fukuda owns a manuscript describing fighting skills that date back 4,000 years.

But he says he cannot give it away to the visitors.

Instead, he has decided to present a certificate to grant the deceased Xu Jian Shui with a senior 8 dan in martial arts.

Despite all these, Mr Fukuda may still not be the man the Singaporeans were looking for.

He did have two daughters but he was 61 years old, not 65. And he did not live in Soma but in a place called Hiranai.

"Although we weren't able to locate the right person, I'm happy to have made friends," said the wife of Xu Jian Shui.

The Singaporean group is expected to stay in Japan for another week.


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