Japan was transfixed by claims yesterday that two of its soldiers had emerged from jungle in the Philippines six decades after they were believed to have been killed in the Second World War.
Japanese diplomats travelled to the port of General Santos on the island of Mindanao to meet the men and confirm their identities but the pair failed to show up.
Nonetheless, the Japanese media confidently named them as Tsuzuki Nakauchi, 85, and Yoshio Yamakawa, 87.
Records show that the two were members of the 30th Division of the Japanese Imperial Army, which suffered heavy losses in the war's last months. Both were listed as having been killed. Japanese newspapers yesterday showed pictures of Mr Nakauchi's sister-in-law visiting the grave erected to him.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
In the news...
An interesting article in the Telegraph about the possibility of more WWII Japanese soldiers turning up...