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Heiichi Okabe, a member of the Japanese Kamikaze Special Attack Corps, writes his final testament to his family before performing his service for Japan.
"What is the duty today? It is to fight. What is the duty tomorrow? It is to win. What is the daily duty? It is to die..."
I am actually a member at last of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps.
My life will be rounded out in the next thirty days. My chance will come! Death and I are waiting. The training and practice have been rigorous, but it is worthwhile if we can die beautifully and for a cause.
I shall die watching the pathetic struggle of our nation. My life will gallop in the next few weeks as my youth and life draw to a close… the sortie has been scheduled for the next ten days.
I am a human being and hope to be neither saint nor scoundrel, hero nor fool - just a human being. As one who has spent his life in wistful longing and searching, I die resignedly in the hope that my life will serve as a "human document."
The world in which I live was too full of discord. As a community of rational human beings it should be better composed. Lacking a single great conductor, everyone lets loose with this own sound, creating dissonance where there should be melody and harmony.
We shall serve the nation gladly in its present painful struggle. We shall plunge into enemy ships cherishing the conviction that Japan has been and will be a place where only lovely homes, brave women, and beautiful friendships are allowed to exist.
What is the duty today? It is to fight.
What is the duty tomorrow? It is to win.
What is the daily duty? It is to die.
We die in battle without complaint. I wonder if others, like scientists, who pursue the war effort on their own fronts, would die as we do without complaint. Only then will the unity of Japan be such that she can have any prospect of winning the war.
If, by some strange chance, Japan should suddenly win this war it would be a fatal misfortune for the future of the nation. It will be better for our nation and people if they are tempered through real ordeals, which will serve to strengthen.

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