Hakkōda Mountains incident
The Hakkōda Mountains incident occurred on January 23, 1902, when a large group of Japanese soldiers on a training exercise became trapped on a mountain range, causing many of them to die.
Several soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment became trapped in a blizzard while crossing the Hakkōda Mountains from Aomori City in a military training exercise. The exercise was meant to gather experience in dealing with winter weather. Japan was preparing for a possible conflict with the Russian Empire in Siberia and Manchuria, which eventually was realized as the Russo-Japanese War. One hundred ninety-nine of the 210 members died. Corporal Fusanosuke Gotō managed to get help for the beleaguered unit. Search parties discovered Gotō. The discovery led to the rescue of the other soldiers.
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