Japanese soldiers found in Philippines


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Rebar
May 27, 2005, 01:56 PM
Japanese diplomats investigated claims Friday that two former Japanese soldiers have been hiding in the mountains of the southern Philippines since World War II.
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Another source told the paper there may be more than 40 other Japanese soldiers living in the mountains, and they all want to return to Japan, the Sankei said.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050527/ap_on_re_as/philippines_lost_soldiers

If true, it's simply amazing.

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Sactown
May 27, 2005, 02:15 PM
Damn, I better go mow the lawn. You never know who's hiding in the grass. I can't believe these guys are in their 80's!! That's a lot of coconuts and bananas!!!!

javafiend
May 27, 2005, 04:47 PM
Here in the US, commie professors are still hiding out in American universities long after the Cold War ended.

:p

El Tejon
May 27, 2005, 05:47 PM
:what:

Boy, are their wives going to be upset that they've been gone so long. Cold fish for dinner every night! :D

dasmi
May 27, 2005, 05:52 PM
That is very very sad. I can't imagine how I would feel in their place. To know that you could've lived a normal life for the past 60 years, but instead you were hiding in the hills, avoiding a non-existent threat...damn.

KAR120C
May 27, 2005, 05:55 PM
Sad, true, but they did it to themselves. I call it a just reward for their religious fanaticism.

Gordon Fink
May 27, 2005, 06:32 PM
Here in the US, commie professors are still hiding out in American universities long after the Cold War ended.

There are a number of socialist professors in our universities and even a few genuine communists, but how many of the former were actually Soviet plants?

~G. Fink

TallPine
May 27, 2005, 06:57 PM
To know that you could've lived a normal life for the past 60 years, but instead you were hiding in the hills, avoiding a non-existent threat...damn.
Well, I'm up here hiding out in the hills from those "commie professors" :neener:

Stickjockey
May 27, 2005, 07:40 PM
Damn, I better go mow the lawn.

SacTown-

You cannot invade the back yard. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. ;)

ravinraven
May 27, 2005, 07:53 PM
I've heard of being dedicated to a cause, but this tips the balance.

But, the good news is that when they come out of the woods and see Americans driving all those Japanese cars and looking at all those Japanese TV's and computers, etc., they'll think they won the war.

rr

Mulliga
May 27, 2005, 08:00 PM
Hmm. Could be true, but could be false.

Though it would obviously be very sad, in a way, it would be kind of neat to have something like this happen to you. Hey, at least you're alive - and you get to see modern technology (moon landing, computers, PS3 ;) ). WWII wasn't that long ago, either, so there should be minimal future shock - these guys have already seen cars, radios, planes, etc.

The Rabbi
May 27, 2005, 08:06 PM
There was a case like this back in the late '70s. Guy had been hiding out for 30 years or more. They had to get his wife to come coax him out.
You would think they might get the idea that maybe they could stick their heads up just to see if the war had ended in the last 60 years or so.

Biker
May 27, 2005, 08:40 PM
I admire these men. This kind of dedication, loyalty and sacrifice for a nation and heritage is rare today. I'd like to think that there would be Americans holding out in the same situation.
Biker

Iain
May 27, 2005, 09:22 PM
These guys weren't hiding out for patriotic reasons from what I have read today, they were concerned that they would be court-martialled for fleeing the battle should they ever return to Japan.

otasan
May 27, 2005, 09:25 PM
Madonna raised her arms recently, and a squad of Japanese soldiers came out asking if the war was over! :eek:

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