Holdout soldier dies
NHK -- Jan 17
A former Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for nearly 3 decades after World War Two died in Tokyo on Thursday. He was 91 years old.

Hiroo Onoda was sent to Lubang Island as an intelligence officer of the Imperial Japanese Army in 1944. After the end of the war, he remained in the jungle until 1974, when he emerged from his hideout and returned to Japan.

He later moved to Brazil and ran a ranch there.

He opened a youth camp in Fukushima Prefecture in 1989.

終戦を知らないまま約30年間、フィリピンのジャングルに残り続けて救出された小野田­寛郎さんが16日、東京都内で亡くなっていたことが分かりました。91歳でした。 小野田さんは1922年に和歌山県で生まれ、1944年に陸軍少尉としてフィリピンの­ルバング島に派遣されました。
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