Koshiro Tanaka, a Japanese office worker, went to Afghanistan in 1985 to fight the Soviet Union. Tanaka left in 1985 when the Soviet Union retained the historically Japanese Kuril Islands. Tanaka saw that the growing Soviet presence as an existential threat to his country and believed that Japan should have fought to preserve its cultural land. He was a regular office worker in the Shinjuku district when he decided to take up arms against the Soviets in Afghanistan. His fight ended in 1989 after the Soviet withdrawal, leading him to go on and teach karate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Hawaii, and Germany.
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