Hiroo Onoda has died in Tokyo, aged 91.
I read his autobiography years ago, a fascinating story. Depending on your perspective it's either an example of blind obedience when logic or self preservation would say you give up, or it's a case of fortitude and determination to carry on doing what you think is your duty even when everything else tells you to stop. Or a bit of both.
I found it fascinating how he would hear news reports on the radio of the world carrying on, and Japanese business growing in trade with their supposed enemies. He was so fixed on the world as it was in 1945 that he could manage to rationalise this away as propaganda, or of a strange and implausible scenario where Japan was simultaneously fighting and trading with certain countries.
Anyway, I find the story interesting - and am amazed he survived this long (I assumed he'd probably died years ago).
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