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    A Critical Comparison Between Japanese and American Propaganda during World War II.

    by Anthony V. Navarro


    Japan’s concept of Hakko Ichiu, or “eight corners under one roof,” was their counter to America’s Manifest Destiny. Japan catered to the idea of a common Asian race and promoted ethnic unity under Japan’s “roof” of leadership. This idea stemmed from the 8th Century tale that when Japan was first founded 2,600 years ago, several races inhabited the islands. It was only natural, therefore, for the races come back together under the Japanese “roof” . But China, the most populous nation in the world, was a tremendous problem to the Japanese expansion effort. Japan claimed that the “unification” of Japan and China was not only for the good of Japan but for China’s welfare as well. Forceful action was necessary, however, in order to defend themselves from a resistant China.


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