Dare no tsumi ka [Who is to blame?]

Accession Number RC04942
Collection number Leaflets Collection (Far Eastern Liaison Office Leaflets) J150
Collection type Published Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Measurement Overall: 15.2 x 20 cm
Object type Leaflet
Maker Far Eastern Liaison Office
Date made 4 January 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copyright expired. Copying permitted subject to physical condition. Permission for reproduction not required.

A propaganda leaflet produced by the Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO) during the Second World War. This leaflet is written in Japanese and was distributed to Melanesia and the Netherlands East Indies. It is accompanied by an English translation of the text. The leaflet concerns trade issues such as the use of export earnings for the war, the increased import of ammunition and the severe impact of the war on ordinary Japanese citizens. The message states that ordinary Japanese people started to believe that enemies were ruining Japan by refusing to trade with her as the domestic economic situation deteriorated. The leaflet stresses that it was the greed of the Japanese military clique that led Japan to the war and brought the economic downturn rather than the trade sanctions led by the Allies.