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Mihoko was born in 1928 into a national rail official's family. She was the fourth child with three brothers and three sisters. Guam, on which Shō-ïchi Yokoi was positioned, became the site of the headquarters of the 20th Air Force of the US Army in charge of the strategic bombing of Japan's mainland. Shō-ïchi was, in any case, surprisingly articulate and superbly astute in manoeuvring to avert the perceived threat. He suffered from acute bronchitis in the Tokyo hospital on 5 March 1972, the first respiratory infection after decades of his solitary life on Guam. On 25 April 1972, Shō-ïchi returned to his hometown, Nagoya. He visited his mother's tomb and embraced the tombstone. Shō-ïchi and Mihoko were engaged in October. Shō-ïchi and Mihoko visited Hiroshima in October 1974 to begin their mental journey. The marriage between Shō-ïchi and Mihoko was salvation for both.

Keywords: Japan's mainland; Mihoko; Nagoya; Shō-ïchi Yokoi



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