Japanese WWII soldier found alive

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  1. Japanese WWII soldier found alive

    An ex-Japanese soldier who disappeared after World War II and was officially declared dead in 2000 has turned up alive in Ukraine, officials say.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4916294.stm

    I wonder why he would have wanted to stay in the Ukraine? Answers on a beer mat please KGB Resident………lol
     
  2. Could be many reasons, and not neccesarily those of the war crime nature. Given that he has a wife and raised kids also. Maybe he just didn't want to go back due to hte shame or similar.
     
  3. He stayed in the Soviet Union. Probably he met Ukrainian lass then he was a POW. Recently I heard similiar story about another Japanese soldier.

    There are not many Russians of Japanese descent. Though Irina Hakamada (daugter of Japanese communist) won 4% on the last Russian presidential elections in 2004.
     
  4. At least he wasn`t the proverbial Japanese sniper left in the jungle for 60 years who wasn`t aware the war was over!
     
  5. Nope, I would guess it was more of a leg over than war over! :mrgreen:
     
  6. This is worth a read.

    http://history1900s.about.com/library/weekly/aa120700a.htm

     
  7. And asks" is Cookie STILL a corporal"
     
  8. And I thought my map reading was bad!
     
  9. And is Bryan Adams still number one?
     
  10. brettarider

    brettarider On ROPs

    There was another case of a POW turning up in Russia about a year or 2 ago. As he had spoke a foreign language that no-one understood locally they thought he was mad and had been in an asylum since the end of the war turns out he was from Rumania or Hungary the story was carried by the BBC