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Propaganda and Warning Leaflet Dropped on Japan

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The Center of the Tokyo Raid and War Damages/Tokyo Fire Museum. Used with permission.

Translation: May 30, 1945. Propaganda leaflet dropped by an enemy plane

Following bloody struggles over territory across the Pacific and the devastating U.S. firebombing of Tokyo, B-29s carried a non-lethal payload over Japan: leaflets urging the Japanese people to surrender. Though the war in Europe had ended with Germany's unconditional surrender, the Pacific war continued, with casualties mounting to staggering heights on both sides. The U.S. would drop similar three months later, around the time atomic weapons were used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Source:
Translation courtesy of Prof. Wesley M. Jacobsen, East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, Harvard University.

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Source: The Center of the Tokyo Raid and War Damages/Tokyo Fire Museum. Used with permission.

Translation: "If the war continues the result will be destruction of the homeland of Japan. This is an obvious fact. The longer the war continues, the greater will be the work in reconstructing the nation after the war, and the nation's resources will be forever impoverished.  It is an easy matter to sacrifice one's life for the nation. But true loylaty is to put an end to the war and to work toward reconstructing the nation."

Source:
Translation courtesy of Prof. Wesley M. Jacobsen, East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, Harvard University.

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