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Pearl Harbor: Japan Before The War (Part II) #579115

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 03, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Tokyo: George Lewis) The concept of shikataganai (fate) in Japan in the years preceding its invasion of Pearl Harbor featured; lots of historical footage shown. Japan recalled annexing Manchuria in 1931, invading China in 1939, joining military alliance with Germany and Italy in 1940, and invading French Indochina in 1941. [Professor Iku HIKOHATA - (translation on screen) comments on loss of Japanese soldiers during war with China.] Tokyo's shrine to the war dead shown; Japanese militarism and attitude that they were victims rather than aggressors noted. US sanctions against Japan in 1939 and 1941, extending of United States Pacific fleet tour in Pearl Harbor in 1940 recalled. [Editor of Japanese encyclopedia General ITASAKA - (translation on screen) sings Japanese rallying song.] Excerpt shown from 1988 Japanese television drama depicting Japanese discussions of alleged ABCD (US, Britain, China, Dutch) conspiracy against them. [Tufts University language professor Teruko CRAIG, journalist Ian MUTSU - recall Japanese sentiment toward war.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Lewis, George

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