My Own Private Nakamura


The war between the U.S. and Japan ended in 1945. For Teruo Nakamura, a soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army, the war did not end until nearly 30 years later. In 1974, Nakamura was accidentally discovered in Indonesia when a pilot flew over his hut. He, like a number of Japanese soldiers, was unaware or unwilling to accept that Japan had surrendered, and that the war was, finally, over.
I don’t subscribe to “all’s fair in love and war,” but I’ve come to appreciate the nouns therein. “Love” and “war” are not “all,” but to those experiencing either, they feel total; like any trauma, life afterward can take a long time to reach equilibrium. Continue reading