Norio Suzuki

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Norio Suzuki was born in Chiba, Japan back in 1949. He studied economics at Hosei University, however he dropped out and decided to explore the world. His adventures included Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He had heard about a Japanese soldier on the island in the Philippines who was considered alive but would not surrender.

His quest was to find that solder, a panda bear and the Abominable Snowman, so off he set to achieve those goals. Of course, the panda was the easiest to find. He claimed to have spotted a yeti from a distance in 1975 in the Dhaulagiri range of the Himalayas. While searching for it again in 1986 he died in an avalanche. His remains were discovered a year later and returned to his family for proper burial.

But for what he did in 1974, will of course forever place him in the history books. That year he found Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda on the Lubang Island of the Philippines. Onoda was the lone survivor. What finally convinced Onoda to surrender you may ask? Norio travelled back to Japan where he found Onoda’s former Commander. He took the Commander to Onoda where he Commander informed Onoda he was officially relieved of his duties.

Until tomorrow I bid you a lot of smiles, and a laugh or two to boot


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible story this is. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 25, 2018 04:25 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Norio was one adventurous guy. What a remarkable story about finding Onodo! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day!

Aug 25, 2018 05:38 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

At least he could not be court-martialed for derelict of duty!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 25, 2018 06:39 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sometimes devotion to duty and honor goes to the extremes but you have to admire someone who takes it all the way.

Aug 25, 2018 06:46 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well  you can't say that he did not follow orders.

Aug 25, 2018 06:51 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I remember this story from years ago that my father told me about!  Have a great day at the links   A

Aug 25, 2018 12:10 PM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I remember the story vaguely but I would not have remembered the name. Thanks James Dray for the rest of the story!

Aug 25, 2018 03:15 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I remember this story as well. It certainly would make an interesting movie. 

Aug 25, 2018 04:54 PM #8
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Quite the adventurous life, especially to find the yeti. Now I'm very curious about this man and his life.

Aug 26, 2018 05:19 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Adventure was this gent's middle name ...quite a claim in history !

Aug 26, 2018 05:22 AM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Thank you for sharing the short life of explorer, Norio Suzuki.  Quite interesting even though tragic ending.

Aug 26, 2018 02:29 PM #11
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