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VOX POPULI: Media glorified death in WWII and trivialized individual lives

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The attack on Pearl Harbor evokes images of an air strike, but it also involved five special-purpose submarines.

None returned home, and the crewmen who perished were glorified as "Kyu Gunshin" (Nine gods of war).

But since each sub was a two-seater, there should have been 10 "gods" in all. Yet, no mention was made of the one remaining crew member.

That was Kazuo Sakamaki (1918-1999), who survived and became the first Japanese prisoner of war in U.S. captivity during World War II.

He was captured after his craft became disabled due to a mechanical failure and was attacked.

According to his book "Horyo Dai Ichigo" (The first prisoner of war),........

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