This is Sakai’s own statement of the postwar period: “In the Imperial Japanese Navy I learned only one trade — how to man a fighter plane and how to kill enemies of my country. This I did for nearly five years, in China and across the Pacific. I knew no other life; I was a warrior of the air. “With the surrender, I was thrown out of the Navy. Despite my wounds and my long service, there was no possibility of a pension. We were the losers, and pensions or disability payments are received only by the veterans of the victor nation. “Occupation rules forbade me even Sakai, Saburō . Samurai! (pp. 8-9). Potamic Press. Kindle Edition.

— Greatest Japanese ace, post war  

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