Sheichi Yokoi, a Japanese wartime survivor who spent a quarter of a century in jungle isolation, returned to his home town of Nagoya yesterday (25 April) to receive a hero's welcome.
GV ZOOM INTO SV Yokoi down hospital steps and receives bouquet of flowers form staff(2 shots)
GV PAN crowds at Tokyo station PAN TO TRAIN
SV & MV PAN Yokoi waves from train window as train pulls out(2 shots)
AV ZOOM IN crowds round Yokoi's mother's grave
SV Yokoi praying & weeping on grave
GVs & SVs Yokoi through decorated streets waving to crowds (6 shots)
SV Yokoi entering house and prays (4 shots)
SV & CU Yokoi drinking water and bowing head
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Background: Sheichi Yokoi, a Japanese wartime survivor who spent a quarter of a century in jungle isolation, returned to his home town of Nagoya yesterday (25 April) to receive a hero's welcome.
The former Imperial Army sergeant was released from hospital in Tokyo yesterday morning, where he has been recovering since being found in January eking out a lonely existence in a Guam mountain cave.
Tokyo station was packed with crowds cheering 'Banzai' ('long live') as the sergeant boarded the train for Nagoya.
His home town was decorated for his arrival with Chinese lanterns and rising sun flags reminiscent of the scenes that used to take place when Imperial Army troops left for the battle zones during the last war.
Under the Imperial Army code, soldiers returning home defeated were regarded as a disgrace to their families. Thousands committed suicide, or hid like Sergeant Yokoi, rather than face the disgrace.