We’re just suckers for treasure stories here:
Hunting for Yamashita’s war booty
The Japan Times Online
By GEOFF BOTTING
Yomiuri Weekly (June 19)
“He was known as the ‘Tiger of Malaya.’ A skilled commander in the Pacific War, Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita masterminded the quick capture by the Imperial Army of Malaysia and Singapore against a much larger force of Allied soldiers. Toward the end of the war, Yamashita’s forces tried in vain to repel U.S. forces retaking the Philippines.
…Yet despite such an illustrious career as a battlefield commander, Yamashita’s name these days is most frequently connected to his purported “treasure” — a vast amount of gold, gems and currency looted from various Asian countries during the war.”