Japanese soldiers found in Philippine jungle


05-27-2005, 07:13 PM

News story galing sa BBC (BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | 'Japan soldiers' found in jungle) at Mainichi Daily News (http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20050527p2a00m0dm001001c.html). This reminds me of the story of Hiroo Onoda (http://history1900s.about.com/library/weekly/aa120700a.htm), the Japanese soldier who lived in the island of Lubang in the Philippines and finally surrendered in 1974. Related article: Japan: No Surrender in World War Two (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/japan_no_surrender_01.shtml).

Japanese officials in the Philippines are to meet two men who claim to be Japanese soldiers who have lived in the jungle since the end of World War II. The pair, now in their 80s, were found on the southern island of Mindanao. They reportedly said they wanted to return to Japan, but were afraid of facing a court martial.

The Sankei Shimbun daily said the men would most likely be members of the Panther division, 80% of whom were killed or went missing during the final months of the war. It speculated there could be as many as 40 Japanese soldiers living in similar conditions in the Philippines.


06-11-2005, 08:58 PM



03-09-2006, 06:59 AM

Old news, but I just want to comment on this.

It would be priceless to see the look on the faces of those stranded soldiers when they see a Godzilla movie and then tell them that’s what happened to Japan after the war. :biglaugh:


03-09-2006, 08:42 AM

Didn’t this turn out to be a hoax?
Just show them the fashionistas or Lolita Goths, or take their photos with cell phones… wouldn’t the truth be freakier?

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