Wife of ‘No Surrender’ soldier becomes president of conservative women’s group

November 29th, 2006 by James

Today’s Mainichi WaiWai column reports that Machie Onoda, the wife of Hiroo Onoda has agreed to take over as the head of the Japan Women’s Association, a conservative group that strongly opposes gender free education and the right for women to retain their maiden names after marriage. For those of you who don’t know, Hiroo Onoda was a Imperial Japanese Army Second Lieutenant who hid in the jungles of the Philippines for 29 years until finally surrendering and returning to Japan in 1974. Kind of interesting that the wife of a man who was refused to believe that Imperial Japan had been defeated for so many years has become a champion of traditional values, isn’t it?

After returning to Japan, Hiroo Onoda as treated as a hero and an oddity by the Japanese public. He eventually wrote an account of his experience in the Philippines, which has been published in English and sold under the title ‘No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War’. I read it a few years ago, and I recommend it to anyone and it was quite interesting. Even after being discovered and contacted by a Japanese student, Onoda refused to admit the war had ended until the student went to Japan, found Onoda’s former commanding officer, and brought him to Onoda. After Onoda surrendered, he was given a pardon by the Philippine government and allowed to return to Japan (Onoda had killed about 30 Philippine inhabitants of the island he was hiding on; in his eyes they were enemy combatants).

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