We luckily found Vigore cycles and Saiichi who was able to help us with the tools to pick out the cable nipple head from the brake lever shifter. It took three tools to push it out and another two to then grab it. Like fine surgery we had to use medical tweezers to make the final extraction. Saiichi’s shop was actually not open until 1pm but he came out to help us, loaned us the tools and advised us about the route onward to Hikone.
The refitting of the new cable I was then able to do. It was the spare I’d bought in Perth, Western Australia, after the last time it had broken and had been carrying ever since.
Thank you Saiichi for your kind and friendly help. We’re now back on the road.