Icon Feb 13, 2010

Japan Menances World Trade pamplet (1944)

The following very pretty pamphlet cover was printed in 1944 by the ‘Ministry Of Information’. It shows a black Japanese octopus with rising sun behind it with the caption: “Japan Menaces World Trade”. The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives list it as a “leaflet on raw materials made unobtainable by Japanese conquest in the Far East, with pictorial statistics in black and red”1. The “symbols of industry”2 are more graphic than in the earlier l’etat monopoles of France, or monopolies of the USA. They appear to include: Tea, Rice, Textiles?, Tyres, Ingots of metal (gold?), Palm Trees?, Sugar, and some strange juicey pumpkin thing (coco, coffee?).


  1. Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, Kings College,http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/cats/embleton/em50-01-.shtml (Accessed: 16th March 2009)
  2. ibid.