Thirteenth in a series

Hideko Yoshimura was 19 and in high school in Okinawa when she was drafted as a student nurse in March 1945. She had no doubt that serving her country was the right thing to do.

Today, Yoshimura, a survivor of the Himeyuri Student Nurse Corps who witnessed the bloody Battle of Okinawa, strongly believes it was the education system that misled Japan into waging the war.