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Kamikaze Pilot Shares Experiences for the First Time

Nichi Bei Times, News Report, Kota Morikawa Posted: Sep 18, 2009

SUNNYVALE -- Jimmy Matsuda, an 82-year-old Japanese American veteran of World War II, became a kamikaze pilot for the Imperial Japanese Navy after his family missed the ship returning to the United States. The Nichi Bei Times reports a film is being produced about his experiences. Matsuda remembered his mother telling him, If you die, the skull would go to Yasukuni Shrine so dont come back alive. Dont even think about becoming a POW, so that you can survive. Over 14,000 Japanese soldiers lost their lives in the attacks, according to Nichi Bei Times.


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