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2004
[649] Källander, Markus. Memory Plate for the Atrocities of Unit 731 at the Site next to Pingfan In Wikimedia., 2004.
[332] Barenblatt, Daniel. A Plague upon Humanity: The Secret Genocide of Axis Japan’s Germ Warfare Operation.. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2004.
      Throughout the book Barenblatt includes information on Shiro Ishii’s background and his movements throughout the war, which comprises of who Ishii was in contact with. However, the major difference between Barenblatt’s book and others is the important geographical and topographical information on unit 731’s experiments on territories in rural villages, which areas Japan considered inferior enough to be tested on, and geographical features relevant to the targeted areas of Unit 731; the locations of Unit 731’s sub-units and the death tolls of the populations where the unit released bacteria.    Avaliable at UVIC libraries - gkwon
2003
[369] Li, Peter. "Japan's Biochemical Warfare and Experimentation in China." In Japanese War Crimes: The Search for Justice, 289-300. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2003.
2001
[240] Hoyt, Edwin P.. Japan's War: The Great Pacific Conflict. New York: Cooper Square Press, 2001.
The many factors that led to Japan's participation in World War II, and the horrifying battles that resulted, come into focus in Japan's War: The Great Pacific Conflict. The book, which takes into account Japanese and Asian documents and scholarship in addition to American and European sources, chronicles events in the Pacific from 1853 to 1951. During those years, the leaders of Japan, believing in the superiority of their nation and culture, sought to dominate East Asia and the Pacific Basin. That period also saw Japan and America becoming entangled in each other's national affairs, starting when Commodore Perry's ships ended Japan's isolation policy, and continuing into the occupation by the U. S. Army following the war. Author Hoyt shows conflicting personalities and historical context that led to the rise of Japanese militarism and wars with China and Russia. Japan's War examines the decisions that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the escalating climate of violence that resulted in the Rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March.
[708] Manchukuo Opium Poppy Harvest. 伪满洲国旧影, edited by the museum of Manchukuo Palace, 2001.
2000
[276] Tamayama, Kazuo. Tales by Japanese soldiers of the Burma campaign, 1942-1945. London: Cassell, 2000.
 Although this book is not strictly related to the experiences of Japanese sailors during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, it does give the reader an insight into the attitudes and minds of the average Japanese armed forces member during the Second World War. It allows one to observe how troops reacted to combat, their attitudes towards their enemies and their thoughts of the war. It is then possible to infer that these mindsets were generally universal in all branches of Japan's armed forces. It can be found in the Uvic library, call number: D767.6 T24. - wchaster
1995
[641] Kasza, Gregory. The Conscription Society: Administered Mass Organizations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
[454] Hsu, Immanuel. The Rise of Modern China. 6th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
1994
[330] Harris, Sheldon H.. Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare 1932-45 and the American Cover-up. London: Routledge, 1994.
The source refers to the interactions of the Kwantung Army and their involvement with Shiro Ishii. However, the focus of the ebook is the comprehensive data on scientists and what each scientist was researching. The interaction between Ishii, his scientists and his supporters in the government displays a deeper understanding to the thought process of higher tier Japanese, whether they accepted Ishii’s views or not: focusing on the government involvement throughout the war. - gkwon
1993
[495] Dower, John W.. Japan In War and Peace: Selected Essays. New York: New Press, 1993.
This book highlights the resemblances between wartime, postwar, and contemporary Japan. In this collection of essays, Dower argues that the origins of many of the institutions responsible for Japan's dominant position in today’s global economy derive from the rapid military industrialization of the 1930s, rather than the post-occupation period. His use of media in the book also gives readers a visual understanding of what the realities of Japan during this period. - BPoonian
1990
[239] Van Wolferen, Karel. The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation. Vintage, 1990.
[370] Tipton, Elise K.. The Japanese Police State: the Tokkô in Interwar Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
This book examines the role of the Tokubetsu Kōtō Keisatsu (Special Higher Police), also known as the Tokkô, and the controversial and repressive role it played in Japanese society. - BPoonian
1989
[241] Berger, Gordon. The Cambridge History of Japan Volume 6: The Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
[328] Williams, Peter. Unit 731: The Japanese Army's Secret of Secrets. New York: The Free Press, 1989.
Contains information on civilians that were affected by unit 731; targeted villages and towns to test the effectiveness of the biological weapons they developed; fleas and bombs. By referring to the civilians, the source can show a deeper understand of the everyday lives of civilians living near the area of the facilities.
1986
[466] Evans, David C.. The Japanese Navy in World War Two. 2nd ed. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1986.
[268] Mason, John. The Pacific War Remembered: An Oral History Collection. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1986.
This book contains a map of the Pacific theatre. While not displaying much of China it does show all of the islands in the Pacific which were fought over during the fighting. This could be useful to anyone focusing on the fighting in the central Pacific or trying to showcase the extent of Japanese conquests. The book can be found in the Uvic library, call number: D767 P33. - wchaster
1985
[645] Irokawa, Daikichi, and Marius B. Jansen. "The Emperor System." In The Culture of the Meiji Period. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1985.
1983
[275] Howarth, Stephen. Morning Glory : A History of the Imperial Japanese Navy. London: Hamilton, 1983.
This book is a concise history of the Imperial Japanese Navy from the late 19th century until the end of the Second World War. The section dealing with the Second World War (and specifically the Battle of Leyte Gulf) is very in depth and contains firsthand accounts from Japanese officers and men. It can be found in the Uvic library, call number: VA653 H68. - wchaster
1982
[640] Deacon, Richard. A History of The Japanese Secret Service. London: Muller, 1982.
The book gives a detailed look into the Japanese Secret Service. For the purpose of my paper I used the chapter "The Thought Police". Available in the UVIC Library.

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