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March 18, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Happy Thursday M&Ms. And yeah it's an early ONT. Consider it a reward for the compulsive site reloaders.

The Japanese soldier who stayed behind

I think I first heard of Japanese soldiers still hiding in the jungle from a Gilligan Island episode where the castaways were held prisoner by a Japanese holdout. I assumed it was all made up until years later when I heard about the story of Hiroo Onoda who kept fighting for 30 years after the war.

On March 9 1974, Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, from the Japanese Imperial Army Intelligence, surrendered after almost 30 years of hiding on a Philippine island. He had been a member of an elite commando unit and was given special orders in 1944 before being sent to Labang islands in the Philippines to conduct guerrilla warfare.

You are absolutely forbidden to die by your own hand. It may take three years, it may take five, but whatever happens, we’ll come back for you. Until then, so long as you have one soldier, you are to continue to lead him. You may have to live on coconuts. If that’s the case, live on coconuts! Under no circumstances are you to give up your life voluntarily.

For the next 30 years he stayed in the jungle initially with 2 companions then alone and occasionally terrorized nearby villagers. He refused all attempts to convince him that the war was long over even from emissaries of the Japanese government. Finally in 1974 his original commander from the war, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, traveled to the island and personally ordered him to surrender through a megaphone. And he did, dressed in his old uniform and with his sword and rifle still in good condition. He is still alive today at 87 years old and now splits his time between Japan and Brazil.

I've read his book, No Surrender:My Thirty-year War, and highly recommend it. It's interesting to see things from his perspective. You both admire him for his determination and resourcefulness but also feel sorry for him for all the years wasted in the jungle.

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