A fascinating story about a Japanese tanker-truck driver, Toshifumi Fujimoto, who goes to conflict front lines for some photo hunt and adrenaline kicks:
“It’s more dangerous in Syria to be a journalist than a tourist,” he said, describing how “each morning I walk 200 metres (yards) to reach the ‘front’, and I’m right there on the firing line with soldiers of the (rebel) Free Syria Army.”
“It fascinates me, and I enjoy it,” he says, as some FSA fighters stop him in one of the Old City’s streets to have their picture taken with him. […]
“I’m not a target for snipers because I’m a tourist, not like you journalists,” he told a reporter. “Besides, I’m not afraid if they shoot at me or that they might kill me. I’m a combination of samurai and kamikaze.”
The reason I think he can get away from harm’s way is because he looks like a ‘chinese’. Most journalists working in conflict areas are caucasians, aided by local fixers/drivers/translators wearing nearly identical safety aparatus; he has none on him (he refuses to wear helmet or vest), thus uniquely identifiable as a ‘neutral’ guy.
I go to the extreme for my adventures too, but this dwarfs any previous efforts I have done. Additional Coverage.