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丹信義 – Nobuyoshi Tan

May 23, 2011

Nobuyoshi Tan experienced the Tokyo air raids as small child. The Tan family’s home was burned down during a night raid on 23 May 1945. The same night a parachute used by an American airman landed on Tan’s head. Tan’s descriptions of the war years are remarkable for their rich attention to detail.

Tan went on to become an engineer and spent decades working in Japan’s Ministry of defense on such projects as the development of the Type 74 and Type 90 main battle tanks.

The following interview (total running time: approximately 45 minutes) was conducted by Bret Fisk on 23 January 2011. English translations are forthcoming.

Nobuyoshi Tan (age 3).