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John Wilpers, WWII veteran and Tojo captor, dies at 93-BBC News

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This sad news takes on an even more interesting light with the March 8 release of the movie Emperor, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox, which deals with the culpability of the Emperor of Japan in the attack on Pearl Harbor and other aspects of the war.

The US soldier who arrested Japanese Prime Minister Gen Hideki Tojo to face trial for war crimes at the end of World War II has died aged 93.

John Wilpers was the last surviving member of the team that captured the Japanese leader on 11 September 1945.

Tojo had just shot himself in a suicide attempt when the five-man team of Americans arrived at his house. Wilpers is credited with keeping him alive.

Wilpers died on Thursday at a nursing home in Garrett Park, Maryland.

Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21664326

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