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Guardian: Japanese 'wartime soldiers' found in Philippines
The reports were reminiscent of the case of the intelligence officer Hiroo Onoda, who believed the second world war was still being fought when he was found in the Philippine jungle in 1974.
Onoda refused to surrender until the Japanese government flew in his former commander to formally inform him that the war was over.
Quoting unnamed sources, Japan's Sankei Shimbun newspaper said there were around 40 soldiers living on Mindanao, all of whom hoped to return home.