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Tim Tokuno: Mom’s advice
Tokuno's mother told him not to dishonor his family or his country as a soldier.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"When I first got there, my mother was sure glad to see me. Because she hadn’t seen me for several years, you know. And she fixed best dinner that she could conjure up. Japanese dinner. About the last day as I was leaving, why, she told me, ‘I want you to come back if you can’. But she said, ‘Never, never disgrace your family or your name or your country.’ Said, in other words, ‘Don’t come back if you have to’ ... you know, she meant ‘death before dishonor’. So I guess that’s the way, that’s the way the old folks thought of the, you know, Japanese soldiers that went into combat."