A castaway dubbed the ‘naked hermit’ who lived on a desert island for 30 years has been forced to live in civilisation.
Masafumi Nagasaki has spent the last three decades living on the deserted island of Sotobanari, on the Yaeyama Islands, in solitude.
The 82-year-old, who became known as the ‘naked hermit’ because of his fondness for living in the nude, said his only wish was to die on the island.
But authorities have since removed Masafumi from his favourite place on earth after he became ill in April – and they have banned him from ever returning home.
Alvaro Cerezo, who runs Docastaway which documents island castaways, told News.com.au: ‘He was kicked out of the island, someone saw him on the island.
‘They called the police and they took him back to civilisation. He couldn’t even fight back because he was weak. They won’t allow him to return.’
Masafumi first arrived on the deserted island, an archipelago in the southwest of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, in 1989 where he has lived with no phones, lighters, fresh water or many clothes.
The island, where Masafumi braves typhoons and mosquitoes naked, is so deserted that fisherman rarely ever stop there.
‘I will never find a paradise like this,’ he told the documentary maker, who has also met other voluntary castaways such as David Glasheen and Ho Van Lang.
‘I’ve never felt sad here, I cannot survive if I have those kinds of feelings. Things here are more realistic,’ he told him.
While it is not known how Masafumi ended up on the island, it is believed he was once married with children – but refuses to talk about his past.
He told Reuters in 2012: ‘Finding a place to die is an important thing to do, and I’ve decided here is the place for me.
‘It hadn’t really occurred to me before how important it is to choose the place of your death, like whether it’s in a hospital or at home with family by your side. But to die here, surrounded by nature – you just can’t beat it, can you?’
Masafumi, who has a strict daily routine, is now said to be living in a government home in Ishigaki, which is 60 kilometres away from the island and is not allowed to return home.
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