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Destiny's LandfallA History of Guam, Revised Edition$
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Robert F. Rogers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833343

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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The Way of the Samurai 1941–1944

The Way of the Samurai 1941–1944

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(p.152) Chapter 10 The Way of the Samurai 1941–1944
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Destiny's Landfall
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Robert F. Rogers

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.003.0010

This chapter focuses on Guam at the outbreak of World War II and the subsequent invasion by the Japanese. Under the assumption that Japan would permanently retain Guam, the Japanese authorities renamed the island as well as Agana and all the villages. Guam became Ōmiyajima (Island of the Imperial Court), while Agana became Akashi (Red City). As the Chamorros would learn, the symbolism of the color red was ominously appropriate to life under the already bloody bayonets of their new conquerors. Conditions in Guam were harsh, and in order to keep up with wartime demands, the Japanese occupation has resulted in forced labor, food shortages, and a number of more violent atrocities as the pressures of war begin to take its toll in the region.

Keywords:   Japan, World War II, Japanese occupation, Ōmiyajima, wartime pressures, war crimes

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