The Himeyuri girls. How Hirohito killed his children and why his son feared to visit Okinawa
THAT was the rock we used for the operating table." The torch cuts a pale path through the dank darkness of the cave, illuminating the ghostly limestone stalactites.
"We ran out of drugs; there was no anaesthetic left; the doctors just had to saw off arms and legs with nothing to stop the pain. The men were screaming, 'Kill me, please, kill me.' " The woman's voice echoes around the underground vault, getting louder and shriller, verging on hysteria, as the memories come flooding back. Her name is Yoshiko Shimabukuro, and she was one of the Himeyuri girls, Hirohito's child soldiers.