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A Tokyo surgeon and explorer plans to embark on a five-year journey Thursday to trace the origins of the Japanese people.

Yoshiharu Sekino, 55, of the western Tokyo suburb of Kokubunji, begins his new adventure roughly two years after completing a 50,000-km trek to trace the “great journey” that humans are believed to have taken as they migrated from Africa to other parts of the world millions of years ago.

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