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Shoe found on Co Clare beach in hunt for Japanese tourist Ushio Azaki

By Ed Carty

Published 01/09/2015

Japanese tourists Eiji Takagi, 63, and Ushio Azaki, 61, vanished at George's Head in Kilkee, Co Clare (An Garda Siochana/PA)
Japanese tourists Eiji Takagi, 63, and Ushio Azaki, 61, vanished at George's Head in Kilkee, Co Clare (An Garda Siochana/PA)

A shoe suspected of belonging to a missing Japanese woman whose partner's body was pulled from the sea on Sunday has been found on a beach.

The discovery was made by Clare County Council staff in the bay in Kilkee, Co Clare, as surface and dive searches continue for the woman.

Eiji Takagi (63), who has joint American and Japanese nationality, and Ushio Azaki (61), arrived in Ireland from Tokyo on August 18 and were last seen four days later.

Mr Takagi's body was recovered on Sunday off George's Head, with the woman's shoe found nearby on the beach in Kilkee.

Kilkee coastguard confirmed an item of clothing was discovered and searches by navy divers and the Coastguard Rescue 115 helicopter were continuing.

Staff from the Japanese embassy in Dublin were on the scene.

The pair had checked out of a hotel in Spanish Point, Co Clare, on the day they are believed to have disappeared, Saturday August 22, and were due to catch a flight from Shannon Airport back to Tokyo, via Heathrow, last Monday.

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