He must have wondered whether he would ever be found. However, farmer Kunio Shiga was discovered alive and well - and sitting among the debris of his home - more than four weeks after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan.
The 75-year-old was found with only a battery-powered radio for company, holed up in his small farmhouse which was surrounded by fallen trees, dead pigs and debris from the deadly tsunami on March 11.
It would seem the frail man was found in the nick of time - he had almost run out of food and had long ago lost electricity and running water.
Alive and alone: Kunio Shiga poses for a photograph at his home inside the deserted 20km evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plantMr Shiga revealed he did not know where his wife was and that his neighbours fled his home city of Minami Soma, which is within the 12-mile radius of the Fukushima nuclear power plant - which is leaking radiation.
Despite authorities ordering evacuations of the area, Mr Shiga said he could not leave because he has trouble walking.
He told reporters they were the first people he had spoken to since the March 11 quake and revealed he had spent his days sitting in his dark home and listening to a battery-powered radio, waiting for rescuers to find him - but they never came.
Survivor: The 75-year-old farmer spent his days sitting in the dark home and listening to a battery-powered radio after electricity and running water failed after the tsunamiHe said: 'The tsunami came right to my doorstep. I don't know what happened to my wife. She was here, but now she's gone.'
Police were notified of Mr Shiga's situation and he was taken to a refuge. But before he left he went seemed reluctant to leave his home, adding: 'I'm old. I don't know if I could leave here. Who would take care of me?'
Japanese authorities have now confirmed that more than 27,000 are dead or missing after the 9.0 magnitude quake caused a massive tsunami which engulfed the north east coast of Japan.(dailymail)