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Why was this Japanese soldier still fighting Word War II in 1974?

In 1974, a Japanese soldier surrendered on the island of Lubang. He had been left on the island in 1944 during World War II. Unfortunately, he lost radio contact with his superiors. Cut off from the rest of the world he was unaware that the war ended in 1945. He continued leading a small band of guerillas for the next 29 years unaware the war was over. By the time he finally surrendered he and his guerillas had killed 60 innocent civilians.

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