As young conscripts they pledged never to to surrender. Yesterday as old men they emerged from their hiding place in the Philippines - two Japanese Imperial Army soldiers, asking to go home.
Discovered after a chance encounter with a Philippines businesswoman who had friends in Japan, the men reportedly have documents that show they were attached to the army's 30th Division. Until yesterday they had been listed among Japan's war dead.
Word of the exiles became public yesterday, but the efforts to trace their history date from December when a businesswoman from the Philippines rang a friend in Japan to ask for help in getting the men home.
The men are Yoshio Yamakawa 87, and Tsuzuki Nakauchi, 85.
Just simply amazing. I recall reading something about this in the 1980s on Ripley's Believe It or Not books about a Japanese soldier surrendering decades after WWII but this takes the cake!
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