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Finally, in an interview with a member of the Self Defense Force, Mr. Matsunaga, a
word which held the key to a better understanding was mentioned. The word was
"decision." To the question, "If something happened, would you not be afraid?" he
answered that it was his decision to enter such a world, and that he would not escape if
anything did occur.[76] Similarly, although it was with far more psychological pressure,
all the Kamikaze pilots had made the decision.
The pilots were, as a matter of fact, not radical nor extremely patriotic, but were the
average Japanese of the time. It was a dream for the young boys of late Taisho period
and early Showa to serve in the military, especially in the Air Force, as a career. Not all
pilots who wanted to become Kamikaze pilots could become one. Although this may
sound strange, there were so many volunteers to make the suicidal and fatal attacks,
that the military, to be fair, had to let the ones with the better grades go earlier. Because
of the aura that had covered Japan, the young pilots of 18 and 19 were eager to go.
Those of the Special Flight Officer Probationary Cadets who had their own thoughts
like Second lieutenants Suzuki, Uehara, and Anazawa were able to separate their
personal life from what was required of them to do for the war. They felt the
responsibility to go.
How exactly the pilots felt about the attacks could not be known but it seems that they
were, in general, happy that they could serve the country, but had other thoughts
towards death. Because the brainwashing done on the pilots trained in military schools
was so effective,

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