Mr. Harada is a Tokyo businessman who deals in automobile import and export. This funded the Kawaguchiko Car Museum. He is also a warbird enthusiast, and owner and restorer of several Zeros. Also, the tail section of a G4M2 Betty bomber. His collection is known as the Harada Collection.
During 1980, he funded the recovery of five Zeros from Yap Airfield on Yap Island.
The salvaged aircraft included: A6M5 Zero 4708, A6M2 Zero 9151p8, A6M5 Zero 1493 and A6M2 Zero 92717.
A6M5 4240 (with parts from A6M5 4241) was aquired by Harada, it took 20 years of restoration (1980-2000) to bring this aircraft back to static condition. Parts from several other Zeros were used in the restoration work. It was then donated it to Yūshūkan at Yasukuni Shrine for display. This aircraft served at Rabaul, and was recovered in 1974 other parts came from aircraft salvaged from Yap Airfield.
Betty Tail Section
He has restored tail section of G4M2 Betty 12017, the world's only restored tail section.
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