Japanese journalist admires Russians who kept helping him after he got robbed

Japanese journalist admires Russians who kept helping him after he got robbed

The Japanese man found himself penniless in the heart of St. Petersburg.

Yuichi Onoda, a reporter of the Japanese publication Sankei Shimbun, was robbed in St. Petersburg, when he was on a tour around Hermitage. The Japanese man was surprised to see how responsive Russians were when they helped him out.

In his article for Sankei Shimbun he said that it was not a lot of money that he lost in the theft, and the pickpocket did not get to use his bank cards. However, the Japanese did find himself penniless in the heart of St. Petersburg.

“The world is not without good people though. I took a taxi to the police station and told the driver that I’d been robbed. He gave me a free ride!” said the journalist.

He recalled that there was a bus ticket in the stolen wallet and thought he would have to walk home, but the cashier remembered him buying the ticket in the morning. The woman gave the Japanese a two-trip coupon and said she hoped that his opinion about Russia would not change because of the petty theft.

“It seems to me that mutual assistance is important in Russia: people have sympathy when others get in trouble. Russia is a tricky country, but I hope that I won’t start disliking it and will work here until the end of my trip,” the correspondent concluded.

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