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[707] Manchukuo Immigration Poster. Manchukuo Government, 1937.
[709] Propoganda Poster for Manchukuo. Corbis Images, 1930.
[638] Japanese Soldier on Guadalcanal., 2004.
I was unable to find the original source of this image so I referenced it from ww2db.com. The image is really good.
[708] Manchukuo Opium Poppy Harvest. 伪满洲国旧影, edited by the museum of Manchukuo Palace, 2001.
[284] Manchukuo: The Newborn Empire. Beaux Arts Productions, 1937.
This documentary film from 1937 describes Manchuria to American audiences as a modern industrialized jewel of Asia that represents western values. The announcer commends Japan on their excellent job of bringing modernization to the rest of the east. This source provides the viewer with an understanding of American views of Japan and its imperial colonization project in the east prior to entering into the war. As it was published in 1937, this source can be considered primary. Additionally the source is now older than 67 years and as such falls into the public domain. Available on Youtube
[273] Witness to War: Ichiro Koyama., 2009.
 This interview, and the accompanying article, is of a Japanese army veteran relating some of his experiences while he was fighting in China. This is part of a series by the Japan Times in which they interview different Japanese survivors and veterans (including a sailor) of World War Two and ask them about their experiences. The interview can be found on and the article and other interviews can be found on the Japan Times website.
[672] Fugita, Stephen and Marily. Altered Lives, Enduring Community Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.
[637] Dull, Paul S.. A battle history of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1978.
[627] Stewart, Adrian. The Battle of Leyte Gulf. London: Robert Hale Ltd., 1979.
This book is a step by step account of the different phases during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Although it is a primarily a Western account, it does have some firsthand accounts from Japanese officers. More importantly, it has a brief section in which it details the origins of the Kamikaze suicide bomber program. This gives the reader an in depth account into the historical and societal pressures felt by every soldier in the Japanese armed forces. This book can be found in the Uvic library, call number: D774 P5S75.   - legassie
[468] Hoyt, Edwin Palmer. The Battle of Leyte Gulf: The Death Knell of the Japanese Fleet. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1972.
[288] Smith, Norman, and James Flath. Beyond Suffering: Recounting War in Modern China. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.
Another of Norman Smith’s works, Resisting Manchukuo has been described as a “pathbreaking book” that provides a social history of Chinese woman writers during the occupation of Northern China. The significance of this work is in its examination of Japanese censorship and repression in Manchukuo; a state that was heralded by many as the picture of modernization in Asia. By providing accounts of prominent feminist individuals within Machukuo the source gives unique insight into Japanese imperialism and its mechanisms. This source can be found in the UVic library in hard copy under the calling code PL2278 S585 - Jordanhilderman
[241] Berger, Gordon. The Cambridge History of Japan Volume 6: The Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
[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
[641] Kasza, Gregory. The Conscription Society: Administered Mass Organizations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
[373] Hayashi, Brian Masaru. Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008.
[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
[643] Kiyoshi, Kiyosawa. A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi. Princeton: Princeton University Press , 2008.
[470] Large, Stephen S.. Emperor Hirohoto and Showa Japan: A Political Biography. London: Routledge, 1992.
[467] Samuels, Richard J.. Encyclopedia of United States National Security. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005.
[239] Van Wolferen, Karel. The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation. Vintage, 1990.
[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
[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
[458] Stockwin, J. A. A.. Governing Japan: Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
[642] Yamamoto, Mari. Grassroots Pacifism in Post-War Japan: The Rebirth of a Nation. London: Routledge, 2004.
[435] Murray, Alice Yang. Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.
This book seeks to use both oral and written accounts of the intern of Japanese-Americans to present how history impacted these people through their personal narratives and to explore numerous historical themes present in the intern of people.  Also collected for this work is a massive list of figures and statistics on the internment camps.  These list especially on the location and population statistics on Japanese-Americans are crucial to the multi-media presentation part of the Japanese History Project.  Thus a map of the location of WRA camps and the movement of people can be made. - WBischoff