Jinkô mondai [The population problem].

Accession Number RC05076
Collection number Leaflets Collection (Far Eastern Liaison Office Leaflets) J93
Collection type Published Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Measurement Overall: 13.5 x 18.5 cm
Object type Leaflet
Maker Far Eastern Liaison Office
Date made 30 June 1943
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 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.