In 1974, a Tokyo bookseller named Yoshimi Taniguchi arrived on Lubang Island in the Phillipines. Taniguchi, a former Major in the Japanese in WW2, was there to give a final order to one of his soldiers.
Hiroo Onoda, the soldier in question, had been on the island since 1944 and had been fighting a guerilla war since the war ended in 1945. Believing stories of Japanese surrender were little more than propaganda spread by the Americans, Onoda had continued to obey his orders, kept his rifle in pristine condition and refused to surrender until ordered to by his superior. He was determined to keep fighting the battle.Read More