Mutsuhiro Watanabe

About Mutsuhiro Watanabe

Who is it?: Imperial Japanese Army Corporal
Birth Day: January 01, 1918
Birth Place: Japan, Japanese
Allegiance: Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service: 1941?–1945
Rank: Last rank - Sergeant
Battles/wars: World War II

Mutsuhiro Watanabe

Mutsuhiro Watanabe was born on January 01, 1918 in Japan, Japanese, is Imperial Japanese Army Corporal. Mutsuhiro Watanabe was an Imperial Japanese Army corporal in the Second World War who served at POW (prisoners of war) camps in Omori, Naoetsu (now Jōetsu), Niigata, Mitsushima (now Hiraoka) as well as at Civilian POW Camp at Yamakita. He was later classified as a war criminal by the US Occupation authorities for his mistreatment of POWs; however he was never prosecuted. Known to his relatives as "Mu-cchan" and as the “Bird” to everyone else, Watanabe was regarded as the most cold-blooded guard of the Japanese army. His cruelty was portrayed by many authors and film makers in their projects. He became the subject of the Angelina Jolie-directed flick ‘Unbroken’, in which his character was portrayed by Japanese singer/actor Miyavi. During his early years the Japanese Army corporal had been a spoilt kid hailing from a wealthy family. He had unlimited money and a beautiful house with a big swimming pool. He also had an adoring mother and several siblings.
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As per our current Database, Mutsuhiro Watanabe has been died on 1 April 2003(2003-04-01) (aged 85).

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When Mutsuhiro Watanabe die, Mutsuhiro Watanabe was 85 years old.

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Occupation War Criminals
Age 85 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 01, 1918 (Japan, Japanese)
Birthday January 01
Town/City Japan, Japanese
Nationality Japanese

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Mutsuhiro Watanabe’s zodiac sign is Aquarius. According to astrologers, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Mutsuhiro Watanabe was born in the Year of the Horse. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse love to roam free. They’re energetic, self-reliant, money-wise, and they enjoy traveling, love and intimacy. They’re great at seducing, sharp-witted, impatient and sometimes seen as a drifter. Compatible with Dog or Tiger.

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In 1945, General Douglas MacArthur included Watanabe as number 23 on his list of the 40 most wanted war Criminals in Japan.


However, Watanabe went into hiding and was never prosecuted. In 1952, all charges were dropped. In 1956, the Japanese literary magazine Bungeishunjū published an interview with Watanabe entitled "I do not want to be judged by America." He later became an insurance salesman, and grew wealthy.


Prior to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, the CBS News program 60 Minutes interviewed Watanabe at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo as part of a feature on Louis Zamperini who, four days before his 81st birthday, was returning to carry the Olympic Flame torch through Naoetsu en route to Nagano, not far from the POW camp where he had been held. In the interview, Watanabe acknowledged beating and kicking prisoners, but was unrepentant, saying, "I treated the prisoners strictly as enemies of Japan." Zamperini attempted to meet with his chief and most brutal tormentor, but Watanabe, who had evaded prosecution as a war Criminal, refused to see him.


Recounts of Watanabe's abusive behavior are told in Laura Hillenbrand's book about Zamperini titled Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010). Watanabe also appears in Dr. Alfred A. Weinstein's memoir, Barbed Wire Surgeon, published in 1948. In 2014, Japanese musician Miyavi played Watanabe in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, the film adaptation of Hillenbrand's book.

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