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Publicity Warriors: The Japan Network, 1941–1945

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The Foreign Ministry network had run English-language and vernacular media in Japan and East Asia until its gradual supersession by military-dominated Cabinet propaganda bureaux and the Information Board of 1940. The business of journalism ended at the China Weekly Review, China Press and North China Daily News. This chapter takes a longer view and compares the clash of Japan and the United States to the inevitable clash of Britain and Germany in the First World War. The Year Book maintained that 'The American advance westward in recent years, however, seems to be far less justifiable as compared with the Nipponese request for supremacy in East Asia. Providence therefore urged Nippon to do what Nippon should have done in and for this realm with its usual silent, yet irresistible power, and Nippon could not help to declare war against the United States and the British Empire.

Keywords: Britain; East Asia; foreign ministry; Germany; Japan; Nipponese; United States



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