Tokyo (CNN) — Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who refused to stop fighting World War II until the 1970s, has died in Tokyo at the age of 91.
During the war, Onoda was sent to the small island of Lubang in the western Philippines to spy on U.S. forces in the area.
He ended up remaining there, eking out a life in the jungle, until 1974, nearly three decades after Japan surrendered.
Allied forces defeated the Japanese imperial army in the Philippines in 1944, but Onoda evaded capture and stayed on.
For about 30 years, he survived on food he gathered from the jungle or stole from local farmers.