Onoda was discovered in March 1974 living secretly in the Philippines island of Lubang. He surrendered when his former commander arrived to confirm the war was really over and reverse his original orders to remain on th eisland as a spy.
Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after a brief stay there. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Friday expressed his condolences, praising Onoda for his strong will to live and indomitable spirit.
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