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Shoichi Yokoi hid for almost 30 years on the American island of Guam, only being rediscovered early in 1972.

The Final Stragglers

The accepted date for the end of World War II is August 14, 1945, even if Japan did not formally surrender until September 2. What some people don’t know, however, is that for many Japanese soldiers the war ended much later.

An official count of 127 so-called holdouts or stragglers surrendered in various places in the Pacific Area between 1947 and 1974. This number does not include the many that died in their hiding places, only discovered decades later.

For these holdout soldiers, strong militaristic principles made surrender impossible. They believed in what their military leaders told them, that it was better to die or be captured than surrender. In some cases, they did not even know about the end of the war. Some of the holdouts continued fighting the American troops or later the police, others just went into hiding. The stragglers believed it impossible to return to Japan, as they feared to be treated as deserters and punished with the death penalty.

In 1974, Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese army intelligence officer, caused a sensation when he was persuaded to come out of hiding by a former comrade on the Philippine island of Lubang. Onoda, wept uncontrollably as he agreed to lay down his rifle, unaware that Japanese forces had surrendered 29 years earlier. He returned to Japan the same year, but unable to adapt to life in his home country, emigrated to Brazil in 1975.

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China wets their pants over a phone call

For 40 years the United States has had a dopey “One China” policy. The one where they ignore the continued existence of The Republic of China otherwise known as Taiwan.

Politicians knees knock together if anyone dares mention Taiwan. Well, like so many other things, that is now a thing of the past now under Donald Trump.

The Chinese are really upset.

China has lodged a diplomatic protest after US President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the “petty” move.   Read more »

Oh the Irony. Maori are actually Asians

This almost makes me giggle…but years ago it was Winston Peters who made these claims and everyone scoffed at him.

Taiwanese tribal woman Jouan Pan is in New Zealand with a mission – to get her “long lost cuzzies” to visit “home”.

Taiwan is believed to be where the cultures and languages of the Austronesian tribes began, and that indigenous people of Taiwan and Maori are genetically connected.

Its Council of Indigenous Peoples along with tribal tour operators are in New Zealand to promote Taiwan’s indigenous tribal tours for the very first time.

“Our relationship with New Zealand as very special, because we consider Maori as part of our extended family,” said Pan, a senior council officer and member of the Amis tribe.   Read more »

Shhh…don’t tell the Meat Workers union

Best not mention this to the members of the Meat Workers union.

Who would have thought? A free trade agreement having positive results. I can’t remember any protests against that one being negotiated in secret.

Beef exports to Taiwan rose to a record in 2015, propelling it to the country’s third-largest beef market behind the US and China.

In 2015, New Zealand’s beef exports to Taiwan jumped 36% to $188.6 million, while the volume increased 20% to 23,442 tonnes, according to Statistics NZ data compiled by the Meat Industry Association. That pushed it above Japan in value and ahead of Japan and Korea in volume to become the country’s third-largest beef market.

Taiwan also takes higher-value meat, with an average value last year of $US5.68 per kilogram, compared with $US5.08/kg for the US, and $US4.94/kg for China, according to AgriHQ data.   Read more »

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Perhaps Gareth Morgan can give them some advice

Gareth Morgan has all sorts of advice lately, but perhaps he might like to take his motorbike on a trip to Vietnam to give them some assistance with a little culinary problem they are having.

VICE News reports:

Just after midnight on Tuesday, police in Hanoi detained a truck smuggling three tons of live cats into Vietnam. The driver, a 30-year-old man named Hoang Van Hieu, admitted that the ill-begotten cats were bound for restaurants in the country, where cat meat is, in fact, a delicacy, especially in the provinces of Thai Binh and Nam Dinh, not far from Hanoi.

“After receiving a tip, we searched the truck and discovered the cats inside,” Sky News quoted Dong Da district deputy chief of police Cao Van Loc as saying. “The owner, also the driver, said he bought the cats at the [Chinese] border area of Quang Ninh province. All of the cats were from China.”

With an average adult weight of about ten pounds for a healthy domestic feline, three tons means we’re talking hundreds of cats. The animals, crammed on top of one another in bamboo cages, were just the latest haul in a small cat-trafficking market that sources from nearby China, Laos, and Thailand to satiate Vietnam’s appetite for kitty flesh.    Read more »

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Streets were split in two by the force of the blasts, which left deep trenches.

Streets were split in two by the force of the blasts, which left deep trenches.

This is What it Looks Like in Kaosiung Taiwan After a Gas Explosion

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 Photo: TAIWAN. Kaohsiung. 1998. Lung-Fa Tang Temple. The Chain, is a series of photos taken at the Lung Fa Tang Temple in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, which operates as a psychiatric institution and chicken farm. Patients, also used as workers, are chained together in pairs.

Photo: TAIWAN. Kaohsiung. 1998. Lung-Fa Tang Temple.
The Chain, is a series of photos taken at the Lung Fa Tang Temple in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, which operates as a psychiatric institution and chicken farm. Patients, also used as workers, are chained together in pairs.

The Chain

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Middle-aged man gets bizarre haircut to try and woo woman 31 years younger than him

Middle-aged man gets bizarre haircut to try and woo woman 31 years younger than him

Expensive Flat Top Hairdo

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Sanzhi-Pod-City-DistrictPhoto:  Source unknown

The Abandoned Sanzhi UFO Houses  Read more »