An important November 15, 1941 (Showa 16) wall map of the Philippines published by the Taiwan Governor's Office intelligence division on the day the Southern Expeditionary Army (南方軍) confirmed its plans to invade the archipelago. The December 1941 invasion of the Philippines followed shortly thereafter. As such, this is arguably one of the most important Japanese maps of the Philippines published in the 20th century.
The focus of the map is the Philippine transportation network. The level of detail evident in this map illustrates the extreme interest the Japanese had in the Philippines, not only as a source of personnel and resources, but as a steppingstone to Southeast Asia and Melanesia.
The Southern ArmyThe publication of this map coincided with the November 5, 1941 formation of Taiwan-based Southern Expeditionary Army (南方軍), under by Gen. Count Hisaichi Terauchi (寺内 寿一; 1879 - 1946), formerly War Minister. His orders from Imperial General Headquarters were to prepare for an invasion of the Philippines in the event that negotiations with the United States failed - which they did. Plans for an invasion of the Philippines were finalized on November 13 - 15, by Lt. General Masaharu Homma (本間 雅晴; 1887 - 1946), Lt. General Hideyoshi Obata (小畑 英良; 1890 - 1944), Vice Admiral Ibō Takahashi (高橋 伊望; 1888 - 1947) and Vice Admiral Nishizo Tsukahara (原 二四三; 1887 - 1966). The publication of this map at that same day, November 15, can be no mistake.
Publication History and CensusThis map was issued on November 15, 1941 (Showa 16) by the Taiwan Governor's Office propaganda newspaper, the Taiwan Times based upon data from the Taiwan Governor's Office Intelligence Agency (台湾總督府情報部). It is rare with the OCLC identifying only one other example in the collections of Cornell. We are aware of two others in private hands.
Taiwan Times (January 8, 1919 – March, 1945) was a government issued Japanese newspaper published in Taiwan from 1919 – 1945. There were three publications that bore the name Taiwan Times, each was very different, and they are considered separate publications, but in fact, each succeeds its predecessor. First was the Taiwan Association Newspaper, which was published from 1898 to 1907. In Meiji 40 (1907) the defunct publication was taken over by the Taiwan branch of the Toya Association, which published as the Taiwan Times until 1919. In that year, it was taken over by the Taiwan Governor's Office (台湾總督府情報部), for which it was a propaganda tool for the Japanese Imperial Government. The newspaper focused on government and military affairs, the war progress, and general issued associated with the South China Sea region. It is considered the longest-lived and most far-reaching periodical issued during the Japanese occupation. Learn More...
Very good. Minor wear on original fold lines. 4 panels, unjoined. Can be joined on request for an additional fee. Slight foxing.