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File photo shows Hiroo Onoda, a former Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer, salutes after handing over a military sword on Lubang Island

Hiroo Onoda (C) salutes after handing over a military sword on Lubang Island in northwestern Phillippines, in this Kyodo file photo taken March 1974. Onoda, a former Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who remained on the island for nearly 29 years without knowledge of Japan's surrender in World War II, died aged 91 at a Tokyo hospital on January 16, 2014. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files (PHILLIPPINES - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS OBITUARY) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES

Japan WWII soldier who hid in jungle until 1974 dies

Yahoo News

A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and ordered him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91.

Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out, ignoring leaflet drops and successive attempts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated. (AFP)

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