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Hidden Japanese Treasures in Mindanao

Both Luzon and Mindanao has the highest number of Japanese treasure deposits in their regions. In Luzon, most hidden treasures consists of “small to medium-size” volume of deposits. Although, there are only about 9 large deposits and some of them has already been recovered. In Mindanao, there are actually more hidden deposits which consists of “small to large-size” volume of deposits. And unlike in Luzon, most of them are yet to be recovered.

Luzon has already undergone a lot of renovations and development made either by the government or commercial establishments. Large structures such as malls, parks, hotels and government offices are now constructed all over the place. As a result, it’s quite impossible to recover any Yamashita treasure deposit within or nearby such places. Anyway, there are still a lot of good places that remains untouched with possible treasure deposits on them.

In Mindanao, the majority of its entire region are yet to be developed. Thus, their natural environment are well preserved. Perhaps the reason why there is a very little improvement is due to the ongoing conflicts between the government and the rebel army. Because of their their conflict, only few commercial establishments can take the risks of setting up their businesses in the region. But for THs (treasure hunters), Mindanao offers the best opportunity to uncover hidden Yamashita treasures because most of the places remains preserved since the previous second World War.

Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos and the Japanese Treasures in Mindanao

During the Marcos Regime, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos secretly conducted a treasure hunting operation in Mindanao. According to the “Philippine Daily Inquirer” that was issued in January 3, 1995, there were 96 soldiers who came out and pressed charges against Marcos. These 96 soldiers claimed that they were new recruits and newly trained soldiers at that time. But, their orders was to dug a certain Yamashita treasures in Mindanao.

Based from the statements of the soldiers, they spent 12 years excavating treasures consisting of about 60,000 metric tons of gold bars. Other than gold bars were jewelries and precious artifacts.

The file complaint of the soldiers was that, they haven’t even received any compensation for their efforts in the Yamashita treasures they found. In fact, Senator Enrile and Ex-president Ramos knew about this secret activity of the Marcos Regime. It was because they also worked under Marcos as high ranking government officials. Ramos used to be the Chief of Staff of the Philippine Constabulary while Enrile was the Secretary of National Defense.

WW2 Japanese Imperial Soldiers in Mindanao

You might be surprised to know that there were two Japanese Wartime Soldiers that still lives in Mindanao. According to the Japanese newspaper, they were Yoshio Yamakawa (87 years old, from Osaka) and “Tsuzuki Nakauchi” (85 years old). At the near end of WW2, they claimed that they got accidentally separated from their divisions. They really wanted to go back home but they were afraid that they might face their government’s Court Martial for withdrawing from action during the war.

Currently, the Japanese diplomats are still trying to verify the true identities of Yamakawa and Nakauchi if they were really Japanese Nationals and if they wanted to go back home.

There was actually a third Japanese Wartime Soldier in Mindanao with a more surprising case than the two above. He was an Intelligence Officer named “Hiroo Onoda”. When he was found alone somewhere in the Jungle of Mindanao in 1974, he thought that the Second World War was still being fought. Due to this reason, no one can convince him to come out of the jungle and surrender.

The Japanese government along with Onoda’s former retired commander had to travel from Japan to the Philippines. When the two met together, his commander had formally informed him that the war was over. Fortunately, Onoda was convinced and he finally surrendered.

Just recently, Japan’s Sankei Shimbum Newspaper claimed that there were still around 40 Japanese soldiers living in Mindanao. And, all of them were hoping to get back home.

Is it possible that these Japanese Wartime Soldiers doesn’t want to surrender under the Philippine government due to the reason that they may end up getting secretly tortured to reveal the location of their valuable hidden loots?

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  • Anonymous says:
    • Did the Japanese soldier came in Basak Lantapan Bukidnon near Mt.Kantungan?

    • As far as what I know, the JIA explored all the corners of Bukidnon to hide their treasures.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      How about in the Ozamiz city area?

    • Yes, actually I heard some road contractors who accidentally uncovered hidden Yamashita treasures on that place.

    • Anonymous says:

      sir how about butuan city agusan del norte.?

    • Absolutely, in fact, many ancient artifacts also exists on that place.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Did the Japanese soldier in WW2 came in Davao city? if yes then what are the present place name they came?

    • I really cannot name places but as far as I am aware, Davao is filled with hidden Japanese treasure deposits.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Sir Elmo, we saw a tunnel that have many holes on its sides. Small size of holes and have a one big size hole in center. They say that Japanese make this tunnel long time ago. I enter this tunnel but this tunnel have only one room good for 6 person and have two holes inside. One small hole for breather I think because this hole from outside is at the feet level only. You can't even see this hole when you are in outside but in inside, you can see it clearer because of the light came from outside.

      The other one is the entrance. I think this tunnel is a banker. This tunnel can't even seen in road because you can't even think there is tunnel in this area. The location of this tunnel is on the top of mountain. From the top, you can only see the mountain, road and river only. Height of 10-15 stories.

      In other side, 200 hundred meters away from area, theirs a big tunnel road for cars or even mini dump truck can pass through other side of river. Is there any possibility that this site has deposits?

      Hoping and waiting for your reply. Thank you.

    • You might be surprised to know that majority of the hidden Japanese treasures were hidden inside tunnels. Thus, if those tunnels were made by the JIA then there is a huge probability that a certain treasure is buried on that site.

      Anyway, the better way to confirm if the site is positive is to explore it and search for signs especially those engrave markings on the surfaces of old rocks and trees around.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Sir Elmo, we found a Japanese tree grown somewhere in Cagayan de Oro City. Is this a sign that there are also buried treasure along the vicinity of the tree?

  • Anonymous says:
    • White Lion says:

      Sir, our place used to be a camp of American soldiers during word war 2. It is located near the sea shore. Is their any possibility of deposit treasure in our site? Our neighbor was able to dig old coins and antique chandelier in their backyard.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      What about in South Cotabato?

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Dear Sir,

      In case a treasure is found, however booby and water traps, explosives and poisons are present. What shall we do? Please do reply.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear anonymous,

      When you have that situation, be careful. It may cost lives. In that case, hire or engage technical knowledge or persons who are professionally trained to deal with these problems. No more haka haka.

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      What about in municipality of Monkayo?

  • Anonymous says:
    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Sir Elmo,

      My mother have a friend that lived in the mountainous area. This are native people and owned a big land. They noticed some signs of the rocks. One that caught there attention is a star sign in a big rock and under it looked like a small opening of underground.

      There are lots of big rocks scattered in the land that have signs. Heart shaped. Some rocks have lines. And it wad also known that there was one Japanese man that lived in that mountain but was killed by the indigenous people. This area was also have tunnel according to the elderly people that lived there but is now underwater because I guess the river got wider.

      Please help us. My mother and some people are starting to dig some site. But, don't really have a good equipment.I would like to send you some pictures.

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