When did the last Japanese soldier surrender in World War II?

The last Japanese soldier from World War II surrendered in 1974.

Somebody neglected to tell Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda that the war had ended.

He stayed at his post on Lubang Island in the Philippines, and held out for 30 more years.

When he finally was coaxed out by his long-retired commanding officer and learned the war was over, Onada was too overwhelmed to adapt to all of the changes. He retired to a quiet, rural ranch in Brazil.

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