I heard the war was over in a countryside, where I had been evacuated. I said to my neighbor, "I feel really happy and relieved to hear that." Then he said to me, "You don't understand. It's bad news." "Why?" I asked him. "When the war is over, all Japanese will be killed because we are enemies to them. Just think, Japanese army has killed many Chinese in China." He answered. I felt so scared to hear that.
I asked him how we were going to be killed. He answered, "The enemy will make us line up and cut off our heads with a sword." "But it seems to be difficult to kill us all in that way. They need many swords and they won't be able to kill many with their hands only." I said to him. Then he said, "They will not use only that way, but every possible way."
Actually I was very happy to think the war was over. I could go to school again. I was really happy. Then I said to him, "There won't be air-raid any more and we'll be able to turn on lights in the house at night." This time, he agreed with me and said, "Yes, we will."
I may have been a hikokumin (uncooperative traitor to the war and was regarded as unpatriotic. It was the most critical word among Japanese in those days.) For all that, I was really happy.