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A 65-year-old photographer, known for his coverage of the Vietnam War, plans to walk the length of Japan this summer.

Bunyo Ishikawa will start around July 10 from Cape Soya, on the northern tip of Hokkaido, and aims to reach the town where he was born, the Okinawa Prefecture capital of Naha, four months later.

He will travel with two Leica cameras and his favorite backpack, which he took to Somalia and Afghanistan when he covered conflicts there, he said.

Ishikawa started his career as a photographer after traveling around the world with little money. He now walks up to 8 km a day around a lake near his home in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture, in order to stay healthy.

“It will be go-as-you-please travel,” he said. “I hope I will cheer up senior citizens by walking through the Japanese archipelago.”

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