Sasakawa USA helps solve mystery of Japanese WWII photos

The News & Advance
November 23, 2015

Judith Brown holds WWII photos from Japan that her father found in 1998. Sasakawa USA assisted with translating and providing historical context for the photos. Photo courtesy The News & Advance

Judith Brown holds WWII photos from Japan that her father found in 1998. Sasakawa USA assisted with translating and providing historical context for the photos. Photo courtesy The News & Advance.

When undertaking a story about a mysterious cache of Japanese World War II-era photos, The News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, Virginia turned to Sasakawa USA for assistance with translating handwritten notes on the back of each image and providing background historical context.

The WWII photos, found in 1998 in an old shoe factory in Lynchburg, were a mystery to the family who found them, according to the article by Eleanor Roy published November 22.

Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Jeffrey Hornung, who provided expertise for the article, believes the photos were taken between 1937 and 1942 in China while the country was occupied by Japan. The images include rare looks at everything from soldiers marching to battle to high-level officials toasting to celebrate wartime treaties. Another shows people bowing before Emperor Showa.

“You see these different views of wartime Japan that really is amazing,” Hornung said in the article.

“What’s interesting is the wide view of the time period where you see active battle, you see movement between battle with forces, you see troops sleeping and then you see homeland Japan celebrating. So you get a good look at the people who were fighting the war and the people who were running the war and patting themselves on the back.”

To read the full article, click here or view the photo gallery here.

 

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