Japanese Second World War Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda visited Tokyo's National War Memorial Shrine and met Japanese Premier Kakuei Tanaka at his official residence on Monday (1 April).
CU & GV Entrance to War Memorial shrine (2 shots)
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SV & Onoda and officials entering Was Memorial grounds ZOOM OUT TO LV
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MV Onoda walks up path towards shrine
MV Onoda bows and prays at shrine
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MV ZOOM OUT Onoda leaves shrine surrounded by spectators
GV EXT Premier Tanaka's residence on skyline
SV ZOOM IN Onoda with officials in grounds of residence
SV Tanaka walks forward and shakes hands with Onoda
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Background: Japanese Second World War Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda visited Tokyo's National War Memorial Shrine and met Japanese Premier Kakuei Tanaka at his official residence on Monday (1 April). Onoda only surrendered from his jungle hideout in the Philippines three weeks ago.
Visiting the shrine was one of Onoda's dearest ambitions. He spent the last 29 years since the end of the war in the jungle obeying his commanding officer's instructions to fight a rearguard action against the Americans.
Onoda said he had been vaguely aware Japan had been defeated but he refused to accept it. His former commanding officer Major Taniguchi Yoshimi had to order him to surrender last month.
The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare is responsible for Pacific War stragglers and many Ministry officials accompanied Onoda to the Shinto shrine of Yasukini. The shrine has long been a war memorial and symbol of Japanese national feeling. It contains lists of ware dead and the hair and sometimes fingers of Pacific war suicide "kamikaze" pilots who visited the shrine before taking off for the last time.
Later in the day Onoda visited Japanese Premier Kakuei Tanaka. The former Imperial Army Lieutenant then left Tokyo to see his home for the first time since arriving in Japan on March 12.