Japanese Immigrants in the Philippines in WW2

“Pearl Harbor
A POINT OF AWARENESS – Preciosa S. Soliven (The Philippine Star) – January 5, 2017 – 12:00am
In solemn silence US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid commemorative wreaths at the USS Arizona Memorial, built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, on December 27, 2016. This symbolic gesture honored the lives of the 2,400 men and women who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese forces in 1941. It has been 75 years but the pain and horror witnessed by those who survived remains unforgotten.

A day of infamy
The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor lasted four hours in the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. The unrelenting firepower pounded the US fleet moored there, but according to the memoirs of Commodore Ramon Alcaraz: “There was no attempt by the Japanese to land troops on Hawaii and seize control of that US territory. On the other hand, the enemy air attack on the Philippines the day of Dec. 8, proved decisive.”

“…Quickly, the enemy gained air supremacy over the Philippines and in five months, the country was overrun by Japanese forces.”

Japanese officers disguised as store keepers, gardeners or drivers
In 1934, Major General Frank Parker, then the commander in the Philippines, reported to Washington that Japanese immigrants continued to grow at an alarming rate. Most of them were men of military age – holding reserve commission in the Nipponese Army. The War Department shrugged. The newcomers lived quietly and were industrious people, working as storekeepers, photographers or servants.”

Only they weren’t really servants and shopkeepers, at least not all of them. This is a slice of WW2 I wasn’t ever told, and probably you weren’t, either.

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2 Comments

  1. Frances
    Posted December 5, 2018 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Alas, I can’t get through to the site!

  2. Headmistress
    Posted December 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Really? It works for me. I wonder if you have to be local.
    You could email the author and ask.
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