Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Japanese soldier who fought on after WWII dies at 91

TOKYO — Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender, 29 years after the end of World War II, has died. He was 91.

Mr. Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after an illness.

He was an intelligence officer who came out of hiding, erect but emaciated, in fatigues patched many times over, on Lubang island in the Philippines in March 1974. It was his 52nd birthday.

He surrendered only when his ex-commander flew to the island to reverse his 1945 orders to stay behind and spy on U.S. troops.

Mr. Onoda and another World War II holdout, Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi, who emerged from the jungle in 1972, received massive heroes' welcomes upon returning home.

Before and during the war, Japanese were taught absolute loyalty to the nation and the emperor. Soldiers in the Imperial Army observed a code that said death was preferable to surrender.

Mr. Onoda refused to give up, despite at least four searches during which family members appealed to him over loudspeakers and flights dropped leaflets urging him to surrender.

In his formal surrender to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Mr. Onoda wore his 30-year-old imperial army uniform.

After the initial sensation of his return home wore off, he bought a ranch in Brazil.

He later was head of a children's nature school in northern Japan.

"I don't consider those 30 years a waste of time," Mr. Onoda said in a 1995 interview with the Associated Press. "Without that experience, I wouldn't have my life today."

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