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To: Sadako                                       From: Masao
I am once again called to duty and heading for the battlefield.
I believe that having been born as a woman of Japan, you experienced this unprecedented great war, and you were resolved to have your husband rush in high-spirits into the national crisis. Having been raised in a hothouse and not experienced much of the hardships of society, you might be faced with the various difficult paths, but my only wish is that for the sake of Masahiko, you will live your life strongly and properly.
In addition, while he may seem like a stubborn father-in-law, he is my only parent. I ask that you look after him.

To: Masahiko                               From: Your Father, Masao
Although you are still a baby, who knows neither East or West, I believe that you will some day understand Father’s thoughts, who died for the national crisis.
Happiness and misfortune very much depends on your mental attitude. My sole wish is that you become a promising person for the sake of the future nation. From the shrine compound of Yasukuni, Father is watching over how you are growing up. Please look after Mother.
April 30, 1944


Masao Kodera Mikoto            
Lance Corporal, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on July 15, 1945, in Leyte Island, Philippines
Born in Junishomae-cho, Himeji-shi, Hyogo Prefecture
Age: 34

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