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National Mobilization From Nation To Gunkoku (A Country At War)

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This chapter introduces and discusses the images and discourses that circulated most prominently in Japan's war time mobilization efforts, drawing primarily on material from the first two areas: public propaganda, including educational materials; and the popular media. It examines a wide range of texts. On the "official" end are such things as government-issued propaganda posters and leaflets, textbooks for students from elementary to high school, and government-sponsored plays. A song for elementary school students entitled "A Soldier's Departure for the Front" has one verse spoken in the voice of a father urging his son to do his duty, and one in the voice of a mother. Mothers were expected to raise sons who would cheerfully shoulder their burden of fighting and dying for the nation, and mothers themselves were discouraged from showing any regret about that fate.

Keywords: government-issued propaganda posters; Japanese soldiers; mothers; students; war time mobilization efforts

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