リン先生 英文記事紹介 No.79
Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer who for 29 years after the end of World War II continued to hide, fight and kill in the jungles of the Philippines because he did not believe the war was over, has died. Japan's Asahi Shimbun says Onoda, 91, died Thursday in a Tokyo hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was greeted as a hero when he returned to Japan and was thought to be among the last Japanese soldiers from WWII to surrender. Once he was persuaded to give up, Onoda was taken to Manila. "Wearing his tattered uniform, [he] presented his sword to President Marcos, who pardoned him for crimes committed while he thought he was at war," New York Times says. He spent some of his his years later managing a ranch in Brazil. When he decided to return to Japan, through his parent's death, he was motivated to teach children how to become strong enough to overcome their difficulties.
Before, Japanese were generally thought by many to be bad people because of the unacceptable things the Japanese soldiers did during World War II . However, as time passes by, all those wrong impressions slowly fades away, as well as each soldiers slowly surrendering and had lived there own lives peacefully. They were considered enemies of the American Military before but soon became their ally. Japanese' belief and culture, throughout the centuries, perfected and refined their soldiers to be disciplined thus making everyone think that they are fierce and not afraid to die until the end. This article is a perfect picture of who they are. However, every life's angle has an opposite side. No matter how they have struggled to fight for their country that way, they also deserve to live the other way around and show their goodness to others.