A Japanese man who is fighting for Ukraine against Russia, saying he has accepted the reality that he may never see his homeland again.© Asahi Shimbun
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I’m single with no partner or children. I have nothing to lose. I came to Ukraine content with the idea that I might never return to Japan. I intend to keep fighting until Ukraine wins.
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I wish I had even a fraction of the conviction and courage this man has. I hope he makes it home and that he doesn’t really have nothing to lose.
What on earth would prompt a person to join a foreign war? What does he stand to gain from defending Ukraine?
Lost Cause,maybe suicidal
Like all heroes, maximum courage, minimum brain.
Stupidity at its finest.
Stay as safe as you can, and God speed.
jeffb: "What on earth would prompt a person to join a foreign war? What does he stand to gain from defending Ukraine?"
Helping do what's right, instead of sitting back and complaining about price hikes, gas expenses, and other problems that have at least in part impacted us directly from this war as we watch humanitarian crises play out on the screen. If this is what the young man wants to do, all the power to him. I think we should respect it.
Go to Ukraine as a combatant and blow up a tank. Go to Moscow as an insurgent and win the war.
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Smith,lots of people are suicidal,beside the Ukrainlan Foreign Legion is sending a lots of Foreigners too the their death through corruption Google Ukrainain Foreign Legion Corruption
To each their own.
Stupid is as stupid does.
He has everything to lose. Once you’re dead, that’s the end of it - as far as we know. I wish him luck and hope he learns something from the experience such as valuing his own life.
If he wants to be a mercenary, he can eat his heart out.
But when it comes time for Japan to pay his ransom if he gets captured, well...
Life is a choice so I can't say it's right or wrong. He made his own choice and if it'll make him happy, so be it.
Ironic. Most of my married friends in Japan have nothing but envy for guys who are "single with no partner or children." You have a lot to lose, buddy, namely fun, freedom and few financial obligations.
dont worry you are not and will be not missed at all.
Yeah, cos you must have so many friends.
I'd buy him a drink. Godspeed dear fellow.
Ukrainain are putting soldiers in trenches to be destroyed by Russian artillery,with no mean to defend themselves
Russia are putting soldiers in trenches to be destroyed by the Ukrainian winter, with no means to keep warm, no training and only outdated or inadequate gear.
There, fixed that for you.
he is fighting for a principle - freedom - something that too many of us take for granted.
Besides building a bunker (which is unrealistic) a well dug Trench is the only thing that will save you from being killed from artillery bombardment.
And I’m sure you are smart enough to know that it is Russian artillery that are killing the soldiers. And it was Putin who ordered them to.
at least he’s walking the walk. If you are so anti west, you should volunteer to join the Russian side.
The Samurai spirit is alive and on show in this man willing to protect the vulnerable from invasion at the hands of a tyrant. You can suppress but not extinguish courage and honor inherited through the centuries. The spirit live on. Japan has an unrealized ability to channel such a noble spirit even today. A romantic notion to be sure, but also an accurate assessment of a warrior fighting for his beliefs.
This may be a sacrifice of his life, and in the process he may save many lives and defeat many enemies or none. What counts is the hope it brings to those with little hope, that there are those outside Ukraine who not only understand their plight, but are willing to fight for their future. This man will be a hero of Ukraine, live or die. The world needs more hero's, real ones like this man.
maximum courage, minimum brain
If he were charging in all gung ho with some romanticized notion of war or something, maybe. However, it sounds like he understands what he is doing - and how it might end for him - and he's okay with it.
Wondering if these misguided and over zealous vigilantes do more harm good. Had a similar drifter Japanese mate that wanted to do the same thing. Some people take the search for meaning to extremes! The call to war.
One can only wonder how close to stepping in front of a train this person may have been before realizing there might be a more dramatic way to achieve the same goal without the onus and personal courage required to do the deed oneself simply by joining an ongoing political mass murder even if on the morally reprehensible side....
The morality reprehensible side is the side trying to plunge a country into darkness in winter for no military advantage: a clear warcrime. Quite simple, really.