My Final Message

The time has finally come for Takeshi to be of service to the country. I ask your forgiveness for not giving you even a moment of peace of mind over the more than twenty years of my life. I feel exactly as the scholar, Yoshida Shoin, felt when he wrote°ß°»How will the fate that awaits me today sound to my parents who think of me so dearly.°… Father, you were very caring. I feel that while you may not fully understand what I want to say, by reading this you can share in my thoughts. Yet at this critical moment for the Empire we must hide our tears. Even if my body may fall to ruin, when I think of the next generation of citizens who will outlive us and rise in the world with our corpses as their base and that the same life as that in our blood flows within them, I feel that there is no need to grieve over our passing.
These words are only for those who have been born in Japan and are privileged to live the Empire°«s eternal life.
With these thoughts in mind we know that before shedding tears we must pray for victory and that our nation be eternal as heaven and earth. I ask that you praise me with a smile on your face. Takeshi will also fall in battle with a smile on his face. Father, Mother, please take good care of yourselves.
Good-bye.

Takeshi


Takeshi Chatani Mikoto
Corporal, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on April 23, 1945 in Luzon Island, Philippines
Born in Onsen-mura, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanazawa Prefecture
Age: 23

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