Episode 474 – Southward, Ho! Part 3

So far, we’ve talked about how Micronesia came under Japanese rule, but what was Japan’s rule over the region like?


Peattie, Mark R. Nan’yo: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese in Micronesia, 1885-1945.

Hezel, Francis X. Strangers in their Own Land: A Century of Colonial Rule in the Caroline and Marshall Islands.

Poyer, Lin. The Typhoon of War: Micronesian Experiences of the Pacific War

Dvorak, Greg. “‘The Martial Islands’: Making Marshallese Masculinities between American and Japanese Militarism.” The Contemporary Pacific 20, No 1 (2008)

Issue 143 of Shashin Shuho, a pictoral weekly put out by the Cabinet Information Bureau during the 30s and 40s. This edition has coverage of the establishment of Nan’yo Shrine on Koror.


A cafe on Saipan catering to Korean workers, c. 1938.
Nanyo Kohatsu sugar factory on Saipan, 1932.
Coverage from the Japanese weekly Shashin Shuho of the establishment of Nan’yo Shrine on Koror. All of these images were staged for propaganda purposes back on the home islands.
Main street of Koror.
A Micronesian public school on Palau.