A JAPANESE Oxford United fan was surprised to meet a man from the city thousands of miles away in Japan.

Kotaro Sumita was walking home after watching Rugby World Cup match Wales v Fiji at Oita, Japan when a man noticed his Japan Yellows flag on his back.

The man, Paul Kelly, from Oxford called out from behind him asking why he had the flag.

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Mr Sumita told the man that he is a Japanese OUFC fan and has visited Oxford many times.

It turned out that Mr Kelly has a friend, Reece Hill - who is an OUFC fan too - and Mr Sumita met him in Blackpool in August.

He said: “Many England fans came to Japan from Oxford, but the encounter happened at a Welsh match in a local city far away from Tokyo. Oxford everywhere.”