Former Japanese soldier returns to Guam
Kiichi Kobayashi has always enjoyed Guam’s weather.
The Japanese elder has returned to Guam at least six times in the last 50 years because he loves the warmth of the islands. Through a translator, Kobayashi explained that he hails from Nagano prefecture, and it’s very cold there.
“Guam’s weather is perfect,” he said, smiling. At 93 years old, the World War II veteran is still lively and spirited, and he walked up a fairly steep hill unassisted. It was easy to see signs of the man who wanted to fight for his country, the man who joined the Japanese military at age 17.