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Endgame, 1936–1941

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In the late 1930s, with the vernacular press for the most part cheer-leading Japan's cause in East Asia, the foreign-owned English-language newspapers of Japan presented minor but irritating exceptions to the national consensus. With the establishment of the Dōmei agency in January 1936, competition between the Foreign Ministry network and the foreign press networks entered a bitter endgame. Japan and Germany grew closer after the accession to the German Chancellorship of Adolf Hitler in January 1933. By the mid-1930s, the Japan Times had become something of a showcase for Japan-German amity, running pictorial features on Axis events in Europe, advertising and reviewing German films and granting the pronouncements of leading Nazis officials the same typographical and editorial prominence as those of home-grown bigwigs. In the autumn of 1941, US-Japan communications turned on far more than the pronouncements to the Japan Times & Advertiser.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; East Asia; Europe; foreign ministry; Germany; Japan; Nazis officials



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