THE REAL STORY OF TOYO MITZUNOBU
interesting debate was opened some time ago in the Japanese section of
Wikipedia when, on our input, the story was assumed, involving the
Japanese rear-admiral Toyo Mitsunobu who died during a Zone 11 (headed by
Manrico "Pippo" Ducceschi) partisan attack near Abetone mountain
locality. The Japanese section of the encyclopedia online, after having
asked the cooperation of the American part, approved the definitive text
which we reassume as following:
the false banknotes clearing, the presence of Japanese diplomats, and
captain Mitsunobu's killing fallen in a partisan ambush, the recovery of
Rebuilt an obscure affair which caused the death to a couple from Merano.
The story takes place among Merano, alto Garda, Rovereto and Pasubio Valleys. In additional: among Rome, Berlin and Tokyo.
Paul Savegnago and Luca Valente from Vicenza, authors of the book The mystery of Japanese mission, after years of careful research, now offer the solution to one of the most enigmatic war episode in German occupied Italy.
Facts in brief. We are in early June of 1944. Two Japanese drive by car from Venice to Merano. Along the path took on board a well known woman. Maria Clementi Giusto, the Meran hostess of one of the two, who has been visiting some relatives in Vicenza. The car is on the State road of the Pasubio straight to Rovereto. Shortly before the village of Sant'Antonio di Valli car was broken down. Hardly arrived in the village the three are arrested by a local group of partisans. They were kept in custody for some time and then inexplicably gone for weapons. Even more tragic what happened few days later. Giovanni Giusto, husband of Mary, not seeing his wife, reconstructs the path and looks to Sant'Antonio di Valli. Mistaken for a spy maybe he suffered the same fate of Maria and of two Japanese. The same day of the arrest of two, on June 8th, there is a in many ways similar episode. A dark car, driven by the meranese Amos De Marchi, carries two japanese officers. From Montecatini, the command of the German Navy, towards the town of Passirio. In the late afternoon the car passes near the Fosso degli Affrichi, a few kilometres from Pianosinatico. The car starts to skid. A partisan patrol has littered the asphalt with nails three tips. De Marchi is a skilled driver and manages to stop the vehicle without consequences. Suddendly from the bushes some armed partisans came out. In the chaos that follows are some shots of gunfire. Captain Mitsunobu remains helpless on the seat of the car. His Deputy Yamanaka, although wounded, he was held to flee while De Marchi deliveried to attackers. These are, in this case, the holders of Japanese Naval Mission, transferred from Rome to Merano in 1943. Mission offices are accommodated in the villa Burgund, on the left bank of Passirio River. Other Japanese diplomats, in those days, are resident in Venice (Embassy) and Cortina d'Ampezzo (military officer).
the Pianosinatico story is clarified by time, not so for Valli del Pasubio
one. For over sixty years, for example, the two Japanese fall into the
hands of the partisans were left without identity. Now Savegnago and
Valente, following carefully traces, have given them a name and rebuilt
the entire affair. The book is published by Cierre and "Ettore
Gallo" historical Institute of contemporary Resistance and age in the
province of Vicenza. It will be presented in the coming days in the
Vicenza province and, soon, also in Merano.
Toyo Mitsunobu consisting of [three Chinese words] mitsu meaning light,
nobu, the same Chinese character with enshin [stretch], indicating
expansion and toyo referring to Asia, staying in Asia ... "
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