I had been in military service for five years, not returning to my hometown even once. First, I was worried that the troops of the United States would soon land Japan and we would be captured and killed.
At the bottom of my heart, however, I was relieved. But I did not tell anybody since I was still in the military service. If I gave mouth to that, I would have been threatened. But deep in my heart, I was relieved that I may be able to survive and go home, when I heard that the war was over.
Translation by another person.
Could I make it back to my home town alive?
I had served in the army for five years so that I had not come back to my home town. First, the American soldiers landed and we were taken prisoners. I had anxious thoughts that we might be killed.
When I heard that the war had come to an end, I felt relief from the bottom of my heart. But, as I was in the army, I couldn't mention such a thing. If I had mentioned such a thing, I'd have been threatened. But I thought "I don't have to die and will be able to make it back to my hometown alive".