'Japan soldiers' found in jungle since the end of WWII

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  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Japanese officials are investigating claims that two men living in jungle in the Philippines are Japanese soldiers left behind after World War II.
    The pair, in their 80s, were reportedly found on southern Mindanao island.

    The men were expected to travel to meet Japanese officials on Friday, but have yet to make contact.

    The claim drew comparisons with the 1974 case of Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, who was found in the Philippines jungle unaware the war had ended.

    'Incredible if true'

    The two men on Mindanao contacted a Japanese national who was collecting the remains of war dead on Mindanao, according to government sources.

    They had equipment which suggested they were former soldiers.

    "It is an incredible story if it is true," Japan's consul general in Manila, Akio Egawa, told the AFP news agency.

    "They were found, I believe, in the mountains near General Santos on Mindanao Island.

    "At this stage we are not saying either way whether or not these two men are in fact former soldiers. We may be in a better position later today," he said.

    According to Japanese media reports, the pair had been living with Muslim rebel groups and at least one of them has married a local woman and had a family.

    The BBC's Tokyo correspondent says the likelihood is that they are well aware the war is over but have chosen to stay in the Philippines for their own reasons.

    Remote jungle

    Mindanao has seen more than two decades of Muslim rebellion and many areas are out of central government control.

    Japan invaded the Philippines in 1941, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and set up a brutal puppet government.

    In the closing months of the war, there was heavy fighting with US troops in the mountainous, heavily forested islands.

    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.

    When Lt Onoda was found on the Philippines island of Lubang in 1974, he initially refused to surrender.

    Only when his former commanding officer was flown over from Japan did he agree to leave the jungle.

    He later emigrated to Brazil.
  2. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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  3. k19

    k19 Active Member

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    Maybe he heard they had alot of topless beaches in Brazil :D

    Odd story
  4. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I know when my dad was in the Navy in the 50's they were still pulling out Japanese soldiers who did not know the war was over.
  5. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    Yeah, that's some crazy stuff. When I lived overseas, they had pulled Japanese soldiers out of the boonies on some of those islands as recently as the early 80's. Talk about dedicated to your cause!

    ROMOSAPIEN9 Proud Grandpa

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    The story of LT. Onoda is very facsinating, and brutal.

    He and his men would burn down villages and rape the local women and murder the men. He was known as the Jungle Demon or something like that. He was a murderous sob to say the least.

    The Japanese new that they were there, and they would drop flyers about the war being over, and current news. They even had a radio that they listened to. But Onoda thought it was all American Propoganda.

    He talked about seeing American jets during the Korean and Vietnam wars and thinking that that was proof that the US and Japan were still at war.

    When he finally talked to a Japanese guy who was searching for him, he told him that he couldn't abondon his post w/o authorization from his commanding officer. So they found his old CO and sent him there to relieve him of his duty.

    Then when Onoda got back to Japan, to a hero's welcome, he didn't care for what the country had turned into. He became an outspoken opponent of the Japanese government. So they gave him 1 million $ and bought him a one way ticket to wherever he wanted to go. He chose Brazil. As of the mid 90's, he was still alive and owned a horse farm.

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