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Yamaguchi Special Attack Corps Monument
Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

The Special Attack Corps Monument at Yamaguchi Prefecture Gokoku Jinja is the 15th one erected nationwide with support from the Tokkotai Commemoration Peace Memorial Association and the Association to Pass On the Japanese Spirit (Nihonjin no kokoro o tsutaeru kai). The bronze figure of the front half of a kamikaze pilot standing on a stone pedestal honors young men who died in battle while carrying out special (suicide) attacks during the final part of the Pacific War.

The large characters on the plaque on the front face of the pedestal say "Ā tokkō" (Ah, Special Attacks). The plaque on front also has in small characters the following statement: "We certainly will never forget you."

A gokoku jinja is a Shinto shrine dedicated to persons from a prefecture or other area who died to defend the country of Japan. Each gokoku jinja has several monuments to remember those persons who died in wars.

Replicas of the standing kamikaze pilot have been erected at other shrines such as Fukui Gokoku Jinja, Miyagi Gokoku Jinja, Fukuoka Gokoku Jinja, and Ehime Gokoku Jinja. The monuments have the same bronze figure of the front half of a kamikaze pilot standing on a stone pedestal, but the monument arrangements and the explanatory plaques or inscriptions differ between locations. Unlike most other shrines, the Yamaguchi Special Attack Corps Monument has no explanation other than the front plaque.

The left side of the pedestal has a small plaque with information about the monument's erection. The Yamaguchi Special Attack Corps Monument was unveiled on April 29, 2015, 70 years after the end of the Greater East Asia War. The first Special Attack Corps Monument supported by the Tokkotai Commemoration Peace Memorial Association was erected in 2007.

Yamaguchi Gokoku Jinja, constructed in 1941, honors over 52,000 persons from Yamaguchi Prefecture who died in wars.