Mystery as Australian teacher, 22, goes missing in Japan as family say they are ‘worried sick’ 

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Mystery as Australian teacher, 22, goes missing in Japan as her boyfriend says he is 'worried sick'

  • Lilia 'Julia' Tran, a 22-year-old from Melbourne, has gone missing in Japan
  • She was last heard from when she left home to go shopping on Sunday night
  • She moved to the Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, in March to be a teacher
  • Ms Tran's friends and family said they are 'worried sick' over her disappearance

By Isabelle Stackpool For Daily Mail Australia

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Fears are growing for the safety of an Australian teacher who has gone missing in Japan.

Lilia Tran, a 22-year-old from Melbourne, has not been heard from since she left her home in the Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Sunday night.

Her boyfriend Peter Nguyen said Ms Tran, known as Julia, had moved to Japan in March to spend a year teaching English.

'We’re all worried sick,' Mr Nguyen told Daily Mail Australia.

Lilia 'Julia' Tran (pictured), 22, from Melbourne, has not been heard from since she left her home in the Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Sunday night

Lilia 'Julia' Tran (pictured), 22, from Melbourne, has not been heard from since she left her home in the Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Sunday night

Ms Tran (pictured) moved to Japan in March to work as an English teacher for a year

Ms Tran (pictured) moved to Japan in March to work as an English teacher for a year

Mr Nguyen said Ms Tran was living alone and could not speak Japanese.

'She’d stepped out for groceries on Sunday around 7pm, which was when we last heard from her,' he said.

Mr Nguyen said the disappearance was 'absolutely out of character' for his girlfriend.

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'For everyone who is concerned, please be patient and vigilant and hope the authorities manage to bring her home safe and sound,' he said.

Mr Nguyen said both local police and Ms Tran's employer had accessed her apartment and confirmed she did not leave with her passport.

Efforts to contact Ms Tran have been unsuccessful and it is believed her phone is switched off or out of battery.

Mr Nguyen said his girlfriend did not mentioned any medical issues and had not fallen out with anyone before last Sunday.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said they were providing consular assistance to the Australian woman's family in accordance with the Consular Services Charter.

Ms Tran's friends and family said they were 'worried sick' over her disappearance

Ms Tran's friends and family said they were 'worried sick' over her disappearance

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