This guide is to introduce selected resources regarding WWII and Japan.
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National Policy (Propaganda) Kamishibai
•Produced from 1937 – 1945
•Many were destroyed after WWII
-Inventory of Kamishibai Collection at the Hoover Institution Library
-Video (in Japanese) https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xa6dgq
-Hoover's "Fanning the Flames Propaganda in Modern Japan" Digital Story Site
Kodomo no umi
Kesshi no kubaku
Boku ra (Bokura) no rikugun
Magazines for Children
King (Kingu キング) , Fuji (富士）1925-1957
Shonen Kurabu 1914-1962
Creator: Yonosuke Natori 名取洋之助. Natori learned photography and photo magazine creation in Germany.
Published in English, German, French & Spanish
Creator: Sozo Okada, Okada originally worked with Natori Yonosuke and together established "Nihon Kobosha" in 1933.
Translated to 15 foreign languages.
The Japanese empire
Japan Manchuko Yearbook
via SOAS Digital Collection https://digital.soas.ac.uk/AA00000439/00005/1x
Japanese anime classic collection
Optional subtitles in Chinese, English, Japanese, or Korean (original animation in Japanese)
Fifty-five vintage Japanese animated short films, originally produced between 1928-1950
Norakuro series example: Private Norakuro (1933) on YouTube https://youtu.be/CK_NGGjtG0Q
Published in three parts, this database makes available extensive coverage of British Foreign Office files dealing with Japan between 1919 and 1952.
Applied tactics, Japanese Army; translation of Japanese manual
Oyo senjutsu no sanko 應用戦術ノ参考
Civil affairs handbook: Japan 1944-1945
Handbook on Japanese military forces OneSearch Record
Handbook on Japanese military forces/US war Department
Heigo ... organization of the Japanese army
The Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II
The Japanese Navy in World War II; an anthology of articles by former officers of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and Air Defense Force, originally published in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
Japan and the war