FEATURE: Former Japanese WWII soldier owes survival to foot injury

October 28, 2015 5:33 am 

SENDAI, Oct. 24 — A former Imperial Japanese Army soldier says he owes his survival in World War II to a foot injury he suffered as a prisoner in a camp in Korea.

Like many Japanese boys during the war, Nobuo Yokota, now 88, voluntarily joined the army when he was 17 years old. From Aug. 9, 1945, he fought against Soviet army troops in Ranam in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

"The Soviet tanks were big and fast, and ours were no match," Yokota recalled. (PNA/Kyodo)



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