May 27, 2005

Rip van Winkle-san

Japan Says WWII Soldiers in Philipines

Friday that two former Japanese soldiers have been hiding in the mountains of the southern Philippines since World War II.

The health ministry, in charge of repatriating Japanese overseas, said it was sending an official to the southern Philippine city of General Santos on Saturday to join Japanese embassy officials attempting to reach the pair. [...]

Yu Kameoka, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's spokesman, said in Tokyo the two men apparently were reluctant to meet with officials because of the large number of people, including reporters, waiting to see them.

"According to a man who is mediating, the two men are rather worried about meeting with so many people gathered in General Santos, including those from the media," he said, adding no time has been set for a meeting.

Media reports in Japan said the two octogenarians lived on the southern island of Mindanao and used equipment suggesting they were former soldiers, with one report saying they were separated from their division and later wanted to return to Japan but feared they would face a court-martial. [...]

Well, bless their hearts if this is true. That's a long time to live in the woods.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 27, 2005 01:12 PM

Good to see that you are still on the job providing the latest in breaking news even on a Friday before a long weekend but aren't you in danger of breaking some government employee rule by still being at work.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at May 27, 2005 03:10 PM

Hey, I’m on vacation but at work this afternoon. It has nothing to do with the fact that my sister-in-law is in town. It has everything to do with getting to go to Myrtle Beach in October. That is if I can finish this paper.

Posted by: jim at May 27, 2005 03:29 PM

Don't blame us if it doesn't get done, Jim.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 27, 2005 03:31 PM


Posted by: jim at May 27, 2005 03:38 PM

You know, when Descartes said "I think not," he disappeared.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 27, 2005 03:45 PM

Look it’s working already.
Most of my hair is already gone.

Posted by: jim at May 27, 2005 03:50 PM