A thin Asiatic man found on a Pacific island is thought to be the latest in a random stream of Japanese soldiers who've been lost or in hiding since World War Two.
SV INTERIOR Asia Mazy (at right) explaining story background, with newsmen nearby
SCU Ex-Sergeant Fumio Nakahara lying on bed weeping PULL BACK TO GV
SV Mazy seated beside bed, Nakahara squatting on floor beside him
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Background: A thin Asiatic man found on a Pacific island is thought to be the latest in a random stream of Japanese soldiers who've been lost or in hiding since World War Two. Police discovered the man on Mindoro, an island belonging to the Philippines. He was said to be physically weak, and afflicted with an eye disease. The man has been staying with a Japanese friend awaiting action from the Japanese embassy in Manila.
SYNOPSIS: A Japanese search team, which found the man, was led by former Japanese Army captain Asia Mazy, seen here on the right. Mr. Mazy said he identified him as former Sergeant Fumio Nakahara, who was a comrade-in-arms in an intelligence unit of the Japanese Imperial Army in World War Two. Police, who have not been able to persuade the man to speak, say he doesn't appear to understand Japanese or local dialect.
Mindoro police billeted the man at their headquarters. He was captured at Barangay, Tabaco, at the foot of Minister's highest mountain, Mount Halcon, and only fifty Kilometres (31.2 miles) from Mindoro township. A guide said he had tried to evade the search team, but had finally gone with it. Mr. Mazy said he and nakahara had separated during the war for fear of being detected by advancing filipino forces.