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Japanese holdout

Japanese holdout refers to the soldiers of the Empire of Japan who continued to fight after the end of World War II, some not surrendering themselves until the 1970s. Some had never established communication with their superiors and therefore did not know of the Japanese surrender in 1945, and others simply refused to believe the war was over. Remarkably, there were four members of the Imperial Japanese Army who remained on Lubang Island in the Philippines, fighting local law enforcement as well as Allied soldiers for nearly thirty years. The last remaining of the group, Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda, had been on the island since December of 1944 and refused to believe the war was over. He finally agreed to surrender in March of 1974 when his former commanding officer met him on the island and assured him that Japan had indeed surrendered to the Allies nearly 30 years prior.

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