FEATURE: Taiwanese-born Japanese army man looks back on his lucky life

September 29, 2015 5:11 am 

YOKOHAMA, Sept. 27 — Fate saw former Imperial Japanese Army soldier Masao Go escape World War II with his life, even after signing away his future to a suicide mission.

Born in Taiwan while it was under Japanese rule, Go, now 88, changed his surname to the Japanese name Oyama in 1940 amid increasingly aggressive imposition of Japanese cultural influence.

While studying away from home at a middle school in Tokyo, he voluntarily joined the Japanese army in April 1944, a rarity for Taiwanese students in Japan, although Japan's war prospects were beginning to deteriorate. (PNA/Kyodo)

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