The kamikaze pilot whose family sacrificed themselves for his career 

One of seven children, Hajime Fujii was a fiercely determined individual who reflected the Japanese ethos in World War Two. So shocking was his story that it remained a government held secret for decades… 

One of the main air defence strategies that Japan utilised during World War Two was the use of kamikaze pilots. The brave – often very young – men who volunteered for the positions had to be intensely trained by experienced, knowledgeable instructors. One such individual, Hajime Fujii, was the epitome of the Japanese defence mindset.  

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