|Collection number||Leaflets Collection (Far Eastern Liaison Office Leaflets) J93|
|Collection type||Published Collection|
|Measurement||Overall: 13.5 x 18.5 cm|
Far Eastern Liaison Office
|Date made||30 June 1943|
Second World War, 1939-1945
|Copying Provisions||Copying permitted subject to physical condition|
Jinkô mondai [The population problem].
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 Japan-Formosa and Melanesia. An English translation of the text is attached. The leaflet concerns the overpopulation issue that is often cited as a reason for expanding the territory of Japan. The message stresses that Japan still has enough space to accommodate a few million more people and a vast amount of arable land. According to the leaflet, the real problem is a lack of manpower to cultivate the agricultural land to alleviate the current food shortage. The message concludes, criticising the military clique who wasted a large amount of national wealth like bathwater rather than investing in the development of rural and industrial bases to support the Japanese population.