Ayah just came back tonight (Yahoooo!!!) and clarified a few things :
(i) His passport would be expiring this June (and not "had expired June 2007" as posted previously) - but, of course, as we all know our Immigration Department has been cheating us all these years. We pay for a 5-year passport, but it's only valid for 4 1/2 years!
(ii) He ONLY got to know that he was going to Tokyo and NOT Kobe while he was already HALFWAY through the journey - and NOT while he was still at KLIA as I previously thought!
What happened was, he realized that one of his colleagues who was with the group in KLIA was nowhere to be seen on the flight, and so, he asked one of the sponsor's reps. And this was what transpired -
Ayah : Errr...Have you seen Prof. Im**n?
Rep : Oh, he has taken the flight to Kobe.
Ayah : ?????? Flight to Kobe? (started to panic). What do you mean? Isn't THIS the flight to Kobe?!
Rep : Errrr...No, Prof. This is the flight to Tokyo...(?)
(And I'm sure, deep inside, the rep was telling himself - "Biar betul Mamat ni?!!")
This gets better and better, huh?