WW2 Japanese Propaganda

Poster 1

This poster uses pathos and the appeal to Americans distress and feelings about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. This promotes the war against Japan by identifying the Japanese as a common enemy.

Poster 2

The cartoon uses offesnive slang with the term "Jap" to get across the point that the Japanese are the enemy. The trap labeled material conservation is used to depict that the Japanese are materialistic.

Poster 3

The portrayal of a Japanese soldier attempting to stab a white woman is used to represent the Japanese hatred toward the Western Cultures of the United States and other European countries. This poster uses the logical fallacy ad hominem as it is attacking a particular group of people (Westerners) rather than their views or position.

Poster 4

"With the help of Japan, China, and Manchukuo, the world can be in peace."

This poster shows that with the combined efforts of Asian countries, Japanese culture would be able to prevail after the war. With the Asian countries working together, the Axis powers would be able to win.

Poster 5

"Their true character is that of devils and beasts."

This poster is a depiction of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, and it showed the way Japanese truly felt about America and the United Kingdom during WWII.


Kerstin Norby, Yash Patel, Nahla Shephard, Daja Dewberry, Kamri Williams, Alize Rivera, Jamicah Robinson, and Payton Gerst

Social Injustice

The Japenese people were known to misrepresent the cultures of those who were against them in the war. This was evident in the propaganda of the country. The same is true for all other countries that distributed propaganda for the war.

Connection to Farewell to Manzanar

An abundance of pro-Japanese and anti-American propaganda influenced the United States' government's decision to temporarily imprison Japanese-Americans in internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The propaganda for the war could be found all over the world as it displayed the emotions of various cultures and the nationalism involved.


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