Postcard from WWII Battlefront Delivered 64 Years Later
A postcard that a Japanese soldier mailed from a Southeast Asian battlefront during World War II has reached a recipient in Japan 64 years later, a university whose student helped deliver it said Saturday.
Shizuo Nagano, an 80-year-old retiree, received the card Friday, said a statement from Mukogawa Women's University.
Nagano's former colleague at a retail store, Nobuchika Yamashita, mailed the card in 1943 from Burma, now called Myanmar, a year before he died at war at age 23, the university statement said.
It said the card had initially failed to reach Nagano's address in Nagasaki and was instead collected there by an American soldier during the U.S. occupation after Japan's 1945 defeat.
After the American soldier died, his son gave the letter to a Japanese exchange student.
"I never would have guessed I could see (Yamashita) again this way. ... I'm overwhelmed," Nagano said as he was handed the postcard by the student.
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