Japanese World War Two straggler Hiroo Onoda, who left the jungles in the Philippines -- his hideout for 29 years -- in March, is now settling down into a peacetime life in Brazil.
SV Onoda taking driving lessons (2 shots)
SCU Onoda seated in car
SV Daisies TO Onoda picking flower in garden
SV Onoda with brother
SV Onoda's books on table (2 shots)
SV Onoda taking his meal
Sv Magazine on his life in the Philippines
SV Onoda studying Portuguese
Sv Crowded street in Sao Paulo (2 shots)
ONODA TAKING DRIVING LESSONS: ONODA PICKING FLOWERS IN FLOWER FARM: ONODA'S BOOKS: MAGAZINE FEATURING HIS LIFE IN THE PHILIPPINES: ONODA STUDYING PORTUGUESE AND CROWDED STREET IN SAO PAULO.
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Background: Japanese World War Two straggler Hiroo Onoda, who left the jungles in the Philippines -- his hideout for 29 years -- in March, is now settling down into a peacetime life in Brazil.
Onoda, 53, surrendered only after his former Commander, ex-Major Yoshima Taniguchi, ordered him to do so. He stayed behind to carry out his orders after the war to fight a rearguard action against the Americans.
He is now staying with his older brother on a small flower farm in Sao Paulo. He left Japan in October because of family pressure on him to settle down.
He has since written of his experiences in the jungles and earned about $US10,000 (about 4,000 pounds sterling) from the books. He will visit the United States and Europe in January to launch a new edition of his books.
With the money he plans to buy a farm in a less populated district in Brazil and become a cattle-rancher. He is now studying farm administration and cattle-raising.