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it changed the priority of 'life, then country,' the other way around.
Life was made, by the atmosphere and education of the time, to be not the first priority,
but something that must be given up for the first priority, the Emperor and the country.
If they believed that ever-lasting happiness would follow their mission, there was
nothing for them to fear. Those who were not brainwashed (the college graduates) may
have felt fear. If they were able to detach themselves totally from life, they might have
felt better. Yet is detaching oneself from life really possible?
In any case, it seems that they were all optimistic. They volunteered, believing their
death might save their family, the ones they loved, and Japan. However, as a student
investigating fifty years after the events, it was not possible for me to understand exactly
how the pilots had felt towards their mission.
Appendix One
The Different Pilots' Training Schools in The Imperial Army Where the Kamikaze Pilots
Were Trained
The Youth Pilot Training School
The students who had graduated from the Youth Pilot Training schools had the
best flying skills of the Imperial Army. This schooling system had begun in 1933,
and lasted until the end of the Pacific War. The age range that was accepted into
this school was between 14 and 17. Originally, the time spent in the school was
three years. One year of general education in Tokyo and two years of
specialized education in various parts of Japan. However, by the end of the war,
the students of the 15th term were trained in only a year and 8 months and were
made into soldiers just in time for the Okinawa Tokko.

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