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was chosen for the mission.[71] He said that the young people then who had
gone into military schools did not have the ability to think logically, and therefore sent
applications without much thought. He also says that these pilots were really innocent,
and thought purely that they would be able to serve, and protect the country.[72] An
author and a critic, Tadao Morimoto said in a T.V. program that he believes that it was
not true that they were happy to die for the country.[73] Mr. Itatsu says that he
disagrees with him because some young and innocent pilots died believing they could
become happy dying that way.[74] Since Mr. Itatsu was one of the Kamikaze pilots
himself, his comments should be given more credibility than the comments made by
Tadao Morimoto who had been an officer in the Navy during the war, but was not
involved with the Kamikaze attacks himself.
Kiichi Matsuura, the author of the book Showa wa Toku (Showa Far Away) wrote
that he recalls the first planned date of the mission was like every other day, and no
special conversation took place. When he found that his aircraft would not function
properly, he suddenly felt the strong urge to live. His aircraft not functioning implied that
he would not die. Realizing that, he could only think of living. On his second "chance"
his plane was fine halfway. He was with two other pilots, and seeing one of them sink
into the sea, realized a problem in all their engines. The two returned. He recalls that
until the moment they decided to return, he was not at all scared, because they were
flying toward death. However, returning was frightening. He had to protect his life from

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