Photo of painting showing the Japanese invading oil producing countries

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Theodore Akimoto Family Collection

Caption: "The United States placed an embargo on oil to show our displeasure of Japan's incursions into Korea / and Manchuria. Using the embargo as a pretext, Japan invaded oil producing countries saying oil / was necessary for their survival." Ted Akimoto noted that "during the war many large paintings were made by Japanese Army artists. Some paintings were 8 feet long. These paintings were displayed in public places in the lands that they had conquered such as Manchuria, and parts of China. After the war many of the paintings were placed in a museum in Ueno Park. My buddy during the occupation told me. Lately, that we had taken many photos of the paintings during the occupation."


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Courtesy of the Theodore Akimoto Family Collection

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