Private Yokoi's War and Life on Guam, 1944-1972

The Story of the Japanese Imperial Army's Longest WWII Survivor in the Field and Later Life

In 1972, when discovered by local hunters on Guam, former tailor Yokoi was widely reported as a ‘no surrender man’ who survived, living up to the old Japanese military code of honour. This book is about the reality of such a man (and the ingenuity he applied to ensure his survival), which is very different from the stereotype. This book sheds a different light on the reality of the war in the Pacific while addressing some key issues concerning the nature of Japanese culture in modern times.

Biographical Note

Omi Hatashin, one of Yokoi’s nephews by marriage, was born in Kyoto, took his first degree in Tokyo, followed by his PhD in England, and was called to the English Bar in 2003. Associated with St. Antony’s College, Oxford, for a number of years, he writes on human rights and criminal justice in practice in Japan, corporate disasters and culture, as well as issues of comparative law and history.

Table of contents

Chronology; List of Plates, Introduction; 1 Early days; 2 To where are we going to be posted?; 3 'Deployment' in Guam; 4 The US invasion: 'Attack the Americans and die!'; 5 The last days of our platoon; 6 'Survival war' in the jungle: 'Don't rush to die. The Japanese army is coming to rescue us'; 7 'Japan has surrendered, come out'; 8 'We shall never surrender'; 9 'I shall survive on my own'; 10 Tailoring from tree fibres: The empire will strike back in a decade'; 11 'No way to survive but to hide us underground'; 12 'How to get off Guam?'; 13 The death of my last colleagues; 14 Eight years in solitude; 15 Factors in my survival; 16 Discovery: 'No one shall remain alive to incur the shame of becoming a prisoner of war'; 17 Epilogue: Being thankful for this day in order the better to arrive at tomorrow




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