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VOX POPULI: Slope for ‘Shinyo’ suicide boats is reminder of pure madness of war

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In the final days of the Pacific War 77 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Army was preparing to fight a decisive final battle on Japan’s mainland.

One relic near a bathing beach in Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, recalls this era-- a slope built to launch "Shinyo" special motorboats for suicide attacks. You can easily overlook the slope, a concrete platform jutting into the sea, which is shallow for some distance, unless someone tells you about it.

Shinyo (ocean shakers) were wooden motorboats armed with explosives and developed as suicide weapons. They were designed to explode, along with the driver, when they struck an enemy........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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