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[508] World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans. The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/8/world-war-ii-internment-of-japanese-americans/100132/), 2011.
Alan’s work is a photo essay published in The Atlantic on the internment of Japanese-Americans. The essay is useful as it gives an revealing caption for each photograph with the date and place in which it was took, giving us important details on how to analyze the photographs.  Like the previous photo collections, this gives us a useful resource in forming a multi-media presentation on everyday life during war. Available online
[234] Aldous, Christopher. The Police In Occupation Japan: Control, Corruption and Resistance to Reform. London: Routledge, 1997.
[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
[462] Benson, John. "The Development and Structure of Japanese Enterprise Unions." The Asia-Pacific Journal (2008).
[241] Berger, Gordon. The Cambridge History of Japan Volume 6: The Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
[636] Cook, Haruko T., and Theodore F. Cook. Japan at War: An Oral History. New York: New Press, 1992.
[455] Crow, Carl. Japan's Dream Of World Empire: The Tanaka Memorial. Trollope Press, 1942.
[287] Culver, Annika. Glorify the Empire: Japanese Avant-Garde Propaganda in Manchukuo. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014.
Annika Culvers Glorify the Empire can be described as a fundamental work in understanding the Japanese political sphere surrounding the modernization of Manchukuo. The source research explores how Japanese leftist intellectuals and artists, who were traditionally heavily opposed to the imperialist agenda of the Japanese government, came to support Japanese colonial expansionism in Manchukuo.  This work is important because is dispels the belief that there was a dichotomy of opinion between the left and the right in Imperial Japan during its expansionist agenda by characterizing Manchukuo as a vision of eastern modernity that the left found “genuinely inspirational” (Erik Esselstrom). The source can be found in the UVic library in hard copy under the calling code D810 P7J345
[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.
[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
[637] Dull, Paul S.. A battle history of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1978.
[466] Evans, David C.. The Japanese Navy in World War Two. 2nd ed. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1986.
[325] Felton, Mark. The Devil's Doctors: Japanese Human Experiments on Allied Prisoners of War. London: Casemate Publishers, 2012.
The book references excerpts of the “Diary of Major Robert Peaty”. Major Peaty was a British POW detained in Mukden who wrote meticulous records of what the scientists did to him and his fellow POW. The references bring better insight to how the POW was treated, what they were told about the experiments and the death rates correlate to whenever they were given something. The book illustrates the neglect and abuse the scientists inflicted, the labour and torture the POW were forced to endure, the calorie intake of the POW, and finally the release of the POW after the end of the war. - gkwon
[274] Fuchida, Mitsuo, and Masatake Okumiya. Midway: the Battle that Doomed Japan: the Japanese Navy's Story. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1955.
This book, although not dealing with Leyte Gulf, details Midway, another important battle during the Pacific Campaign. Written by two surviving Japanese officers, it gives an account of not just the Japanese side of the battle but how they saw and reacted to this decisive defeat. One can thus conclude that the average Japanese soldier could have had a similar experience at Leyte Gulf. It can be found in the Uvic library, call number: D774 M5F812. - wchaster
[672] Fugita, Stephen and Marily. Altered Lives, Enduring Community Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.
[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
[373] Hayashi, Brian Masaru. Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008.
[461] Hoffman, Michael. "The Taisho Era: When Modernity Ruled Japan's Masses." Japan Times (2012).
Published July 29
[436] Howard, John. Concentration Camps on the Home Front Japanese Americans in the House of Jim Crow. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
This Book seeks to explore the internment of Japanese-Americans from a new angle of scholarly study by understanding the history of the War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps through the lens of critical race theory, feminist theory and an analysis of the socioeconomic conditions of Japanese-Americans.  This scholarship can prove useful in exploring the impacts of racism on Japanese-Americans not only as a whole but also through class and gender differences.  This analysis of racial hierarchies in American society would allow use to create a more complete picture of how race impacted the decision to intern people. - WBischoff
[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
[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.
[468] Hoyt, Edwin Palmer. The Battle of Leyte Gulf: The Death Knell of the Japanese Fleet. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1972.
[454] Hsu, Immanuel. The Rise of Modern China. 6th Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
[645] Irokawa, Daikichi, and Marius B. Jansen. "The Emperor System." In The Culture of the Meiji Period. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1985.