A researcher in Japan recently conducted interviews with several taxi drivers about any unusual experiences they’d had after the deadly earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Eastern Japan in 2011. Many of them told stories about ghostly encounters while working their routes in the area that was hit hardest.

Seven different drivers told similar tales about picking up young passengers who asked to be taken to a  destination only to mysteriously vanish before arriving there. Each driver believed that these ghostly passengers were in fact victims of the disaster, which left nearly 16,000 people dead.

Japanese culture views ghosts a little bit different than Americans typically do. To these taxi drivers, the encounters are not scary, but important experiences that they welcome. No wonder the Ghostbusters never bothered expanding their services to Asia.

One has to wonder though, if they were really ghosts, why take a taxi? Can’t ghosts fly wherever they want? Isn’t that kind of the main benefit of being a ghost? And how do they manage to open the car door with their ghost hands?

There are just too many unanswered questions here. Hopefully, the next time a ghost catches a ride in a cab, the driver will think to ask them a few things about ghost logistics.