Incredible story about Imperial Japanese bureaucracy

January 20, 2011

I just had to share this: link1 link2

The gist is that this particular Japanese flier was shot down into the jungle of the Solomon Islands in 1942.  The natives took care of him and eventually got him back to his people ten days later.

He had already been declared dead and posthumously promoted.  When he showed up alive, the brass were pissed off about his unearned promotions and proceeded to send him out on very dangerous consecutive missions in order to kill him.

“Finally, when a senior officer learned of this matter, he was taken off the suicide missions, brought back to ‘life’, and stripped of his double promotion – such an increase in rank for a living enlisted man would have been unprecedented.”

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