JAPAN'S  WAR  #7


THE  PACIFIC  OCEAN


THE  HIGH  COMMAND  IN  TOKYO  IS  CONVINCED  THE  REMAINING  USA PACIFIC  FLEET  CAN  BE  DESTROYED  IN  ONE  BIG  DECISIVE   BATTLE.


THE  PLACE  THEY  CHOOSE  WAS  THE  SMALL  PACIFIC  ISLAND  OF  MIDAWY.


ON  THE  4TH  OF  JUNE  THE  JAPANESE  PLANES  ATTACK.  THE  "COMBINED  FLEET  COMMANDER"  FOR  JAPAN:  "IN  THE  FIRST  YEAR  OF  THE  WAR  WITH  AMERICA  AND  BRITAIN  I  RAN  WILD,  I  WIN  VICTORY UPON  VICTORY,  BUT  THEN  IF  THE  WAR  CONTINUES  AFTER  THAT,  I  HAVE  NO  EXPECTATIONS  OF  SUCCESS."


THE  AMERICANS  HAVE  BROKEN  THE  JAPANESE  NAVAL  CODES.


THIS  TIME  IT  IS  THE  JAPANESE  WHO  ARE  SURPRISED,  WHEN  AMERICAN  PLANES  AMBUSH  THE  FLEET.  4  OF  JAPAN'S  AIRCRAFT-CARRIERS  ARE SUNK;  MORE  THAN  300  AIRCRAFT  ARE  DESTROYED.  BUT  RADIO  TOKYO  ANNOUNCES  ANOTHER  GREAT  VICTORY:  "Our  attack  has  punished  our  enemies  America  and  Britain;  they're  now  terrified  of  us. We  should  all  celebrate  this  great  victory."


THE  TRUTH  OF  THIS  DEFEAT  AT  MIDWAY  IS  HIDDEN  FROM  THE  JAPANESE  PEOPLE.  THE  REAL  CASUALTY  FIGURES  ARE  WITHHELD.


FOR  THE  HIGH  COMMAND  IN  TOKYO  IT  IS  A  MILITARY  DISASTER.


NEW  GUINEA  1943


LESS  THAN  TWO  YEARS  AFTER  PEARL  HABOR,  JAPAN'S  NEW  EMPIRE  IS  UNDER  ATTACK  ON  ALL  SIDES.  THE  GOVERNMENT  IN  TOKYO  CONTINUES  TO  HIDE  THE  TRUTH  FROM  THE  JAPANESE  PEOPLE.


THE  DIARY  OF  A  LEFT-TENANT:  "A  WAR  IS  EASY  WHEN  YOU  ARE  WINNING;  BUT  BECOMES  VERY  DIFFICULT  ONCE  IT  TURNS  INTO  A  DEFENSIVE  STRUGGLE.  I  ASKED  THE  GOVERNMENT  IS  THIS  WAR  BEING  FOUGHT  WITH  ANY  PROBABILITY  OF  WINNING;  OR  IS  THE  GOVERNMENT  FOREVER  FIGHTING  ON  WITH  ONLY AN  EMPTY  DREAM  OF  VICTORY."


TOKYO


ON  THE  HOME  FRONT  RATIONING  IS  NOW  BEGINNING  TO  HURT.  THE SHORTAGE  OF  FOOD  EVEN  EFFECTS  THE  ANIMALS  AT  THE  TOKYO  ZOO.


KEEPER  OF  THE  ELEPHANTS:  "IN  THE  MORNING  I  HAD  A  PHONE  CALL  FROM  MY  SUPERIOR.  WE  WERE  TOLD  TO  DISPOSE  OF  ALL  THE ANIMALS,  BY  POISON."


WHEN  THE  NEWS  GETS  OUT  THE  ZOO  WAS  INUNDATED  WITH  LETTERS  FROM  CHILDREN.


ONE  CHILD: "I  WAS  SO  SHOCKED  BY  THE  NEWS.  MY  MOM  BURST  INTO  TEARS.  THIS  IS  SUCH  A  TERRIBLE  WAR,  I  FEEL  AWEFUL  THAT  "MISS  HANAKA"  THE  ELEPHANT  HAS  TO  DIE  FOR  THE  SAKE  OF  OUR  COUNTRY."


DESPITE  THE  PROTESTS,  THE  ZOO  KEEPERS  POISON  THEIR  ANIMALS.

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TO  BE  CONTINUED


YOU  SEE  WHAT  BLIND  DECEPTION  CAN  BRING,  EVEN  THE  KILLING  OF  ZOO  ANIMALS.  BRITAIN  OR  AMERICA  NEVER  RESORTED  TO  THAT  LEVEL,  THOUGH  RATIONING  WAS  ALSO  GOING  ON  IN  BRITAIN,  BUT  THEN  JAPAN  HAD  TWICE  THE  POPULATION  AS  BRITAIN.


SURELY  BY  NOW  YOU  WOULD  HAVE  THOUGHT  THE  PEOPLE  OF  JAPAN  WOULD  HAVE  SUSPECTED  THEIR  GOVERNMENT  WAS  NOT  TELLING  THEM  THE  WHOLE  TRUTH.  BUT  THEN  WE  HAVE  TO  REMEMBER  THEY  HAD  BEEN  TOLD  THIS  WAS  A  HOLY  WAR,  AND  JAPAN  HAD  NEVER  IN  2,600  YEARS  FROM  ITS  FOUNDATION,  LOST  A  WAR.