Shoichi Yokoi

1915 - 1997

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Shōichi Yokoi (横井 庄一, Yokoi Shōichi, 31 March 1915 – 22 September 1997) was a Japanese soldier who served as a sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War, and was one of the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945. He was discovered in the jungles of Guam on 24 January 1972, almost 28 years after U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shoichi Yokoi has received more than 1,327,409 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Shoichi Yokoi is the 421st most popular military personnel (down from 334th in 2019), the 200th most popular biography from Japan (down from 128th in 2019) and the 24th most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle for 28 years after World War II. He was found in 1974 and was the last Japanese soldier to surrender.

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Over the past year Shoichi Yokoi has had the most page views in the with 289,127 views, followed by English (213,471), and German (27,718). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are French (6,402.35%), West Frisian (124.50%), and Malayalam (57.92%)


Among military personnels, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 421 out of 2,058Before him are Nogi Maresuke, Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, John of Austria the Younger, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Richard Winters, and Erasmo of Narni. After him are Gaius Claudius Glaber, Yonatan Netanyahu, Walter Nowotny, Herbert Gille, Datis, and Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.

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Among people born in 1915, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 35Before him are Clifford Shull, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., Aziz Nesin, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Thomas Huckle Weller, and Brother Roger. After him are Rudolf Kirchschläger, Chung Ju-yung, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, Bob Kane, Franz Josef Strauss, and Mario Del Monaco. Among people deceased in 1997, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 50Before him are Diosdado Macapagal, Anton LaVey, Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark, Alfred Hershey, Alexander R. Todd, and Nikolai Tikhonov. After him are John Denver, Louis, Prince Napoléon, Charles Brenton Huggins, Bulat Okudzhava, Friedrich Hund, and Stéphane Grappelli.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 200 out of 6,245Before him are Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (1646), Mitsuru Ushijima (1887), Nogi Maresuke (1849), Mori Ōgai (1862), Hiroaki Sato (1932), and Emperor Go-Horikawa (1212). After him are Empress Genshō (680), Leo Esaki (1925), Yukio Hatoyama (1947), Emperor Buretsu (489), Shūsaku Endō (1923), and Emperor Richū (336).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Shoichi Yokoi ranks 24Before him are Toyotomi Hideyori (1593), Tomoyuki Yamashita (1885), Iwane Matsui (1878), Sanada Yukimura (1567), Mitsuru Ushijima (1887), and Nogi Maresuke (1849). After him are Honda Tadakatsu (1548), Tamon Yamaguchi (1892), Hijikata Toshizō (1835), Saitō Hajime (1844), Mitsuo Fuchida (1902), and Kawakami Gensai (1834).