How did the Japanese see themselves from 1931 to 1972? Even more importantly, how did the Japanese want the rest of the world to see them during those four pivotal decades? This controversial, unprecedented book, selected from a massive private collection of magazines and newspapers, takes an in-depth look at the information, news, photos and advertisements used in Japanese propaganda books, illustrating the radical sociopolitical evolution of the nation and culture throughout that period of the 20th century. Propaganda is defined here as publications promoting political, military and cultural ideas, ranging from national magazines such as Nippon and Front (with a feature on Japan s crack airborne paratroop units ) to corporate documents that include a beautifully designed brochure on the facilities for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Japanese have been notably slow to acknowledge the excesses and atrocities of the militaristic regime that led the nation into World War II; this elegantly designed book combats that resistance and opens a door to show what the government and corporate communicators were feeding to the public at the time. It also reveals the roots of Japan s unique modern design aesthetic in the work of some of the nation s finest graphic artists. Iconic Japanese graphic designers and photograpers featured include Takashi Kono, Fumio Yamana, Yusaku Kamekura, Goro Kumada, Shihachi Fujimoto and Hiromu Hara in graphic design and Ihei Kimura, Yonosuke Natori Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon and Hiroshi Hamaya in photography.