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Immediately following their attack on Pearl Harbor, the military leaders of the Empire of Japan turned their sights on the Phillipines. As naval and ground assault forces pressed their attacks, the Japanese forces also engaged in psychological warfare in attempts to discourage American troops and win over the Filipino people. While propaganda aimed at Americans focused on the isolated nature of the Philippines and encouraged surrender, propaganda aimed at the Filipinos depicted Franklin Roosevelt as an imperialist overlord, urged Filipinos to return to their homes and jobs, and extolled the establishment of a "paradise for Filipinos" under Japanese protection.

The Japanese leaflets presented herein are part of the William J. Sebald Papers, MS 207, of the Special Collections & Archives Department, Nimitz Library. A graduate of the Naval Academy, Sebald served as a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer during the Second World War, and later served as deputy to General Douglas MacArthur during the occupation of Japan, as well as American Ambassador to Burma and Australia.

For examples of American propaganda during World War II, see the companion collection American Propaganda in Japan.

 
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