From: Oregon, USA
February 22, 1942
Attached to: TF 6
Mission: Surface Combat
System Damage: 5
Float Damage: 0
Orders: Await further orders
Aboard the Hibiki many crew members are eagerly reading the newspapers from home that Captain Ishii brought aboard ship the previous day. The newspaper is reproduced below, courtesy of JSNS (Japanese Spirit News Service). Many thanks to Japanese_Spirit for his work and effort in contributing this!
Another Victory for the Imperial Navy!
The American aggressors attempted a fouled invasion of the recently liberated Wake Island, a foolish attempt at trying to stop the continued Japanese liberation of Asia and the Pacific. American soldiers, fooled and fed heavily upon their leadership's false assumptions and promises, landed at Wake Island and attempted to retake the island. However, the Imperial defenders fought on hardily, giving no land to the invader.
However, it was to not only be a land invasion. The remnants of the American fleet, without any honour, attempted to assist the invasion, possibly in a deluded hope to draw out the Imperial Navy and achieve a fool's dream of a victory!
But, that was not to be the case. Under the honourable and wise leadership of Admiral Goto, the Navy inflicted a terrific blow upon the American fleet, forcing it not only to retreat but also to abandon its own soldiers, on the verge of defeat.
Several American ships were sunk, another important victory for the Empire, another step closer for victory and the liberation of Asia and the morale loss to the now defeated Americans.
Continued Liberation and Victories by the Emperor's Soldiers!
In other news regarding the war effort, Imperial Japanese soldiers continue their enlightening liberation of Western occupied countries. Facing pitiful resistance, Japanese soldiers continue, with the spirit of the Emperor and the people of Japan within their souls, to fight with full strength and with very few setbacks.
Brave Japanese soldiers continue the advance, now well into British-held Burma. With support of the local Burmese population and liberated Indian soldiers that were held in servitude by their British masters, it is quite clear that, as with the Dutch East Indies, Malaya and other Asian and Pacific territories, Burma will soon be liberated.
The War in China continues between the Japanese soldiers and the corrupt Warlords, led by the the wicked and corrupt General, Chiang Kai-Shek. Chinese peasants, led under false hopes by Shek, continue their failing effort to prevent the liberation of China by attacking Japanese soldiers and delaying the moment! But, Japanese soldiers, divine as they are, continue to push back these aggressors, keeping belief in the Emperor and the liberation of the Chinese people close in mind.
The Chinese city of Changsha fell after a brief seige, where Chinese miltia held Chinese civilians hostage. Heavy bombardment occurred but great care was taken as not to fire in civilian populated areas, although it has been admitted civilian casualties unfortunetly have occurred, due to Chinese cowardice to meet upon an open field of battle.
After a divine charge, with the spirit of the Emperor, Japanese soldiers were able to swiftly rout the Chinese cowards and force them from Changsha. Many Chinese were killed but those that were captured will be treated well by his Majesty's soldiers.
The campaign to liberate the Philippine Islands continues with good results although the majority of the fighting taking place is occurring in Luzon, where the outnumbered American cowards continue to put up a false hope to defend their colonial ambitions in the Philippines.
Unlike the British, however, it has been noted that the Americans have fought harder. It is obviously clear that a country with a traditional history and culture like Britain cannot stand firm, leaving it to a nation founded by farmers to actually hold any true resistance.
However, that resistance is soon waning and it has been noted that the Philippines will soon be void of an American presence.
The Americans however have fought heavily around Clark Field, gaining noteworth respect by Imperial Commanders but even so, their defeat will soon be upon hand!
General Homma, the commanding officer in charge of the Japanese liberation effort in the Philippine Islands, has called back engaged forces from Clark Field to Lingayen although he did explain his reason. "I thought it wise and more efficient to include more reinforcements, that way, a firm, quick push will route the American defenders and give our soldiers the advantage to secure the rest of Luzon. I am confident.....that Manila will quickly be liberated in a divine strike. The Emperor's troops......fight strongly and with pride."
Prime Minister Tojo's Address
The Imperial Diet attended today, with optimism and pride ongoing for the war effort. The main discussions were how to provide the best for Japanese soldiers and plans for the future. Prime Minister Tojo made an address to the Diet, glorifying the Emperor and Japan's brave soldiers and her cultured and divine people!
Celebrations held throughout The Empire!
To celebrate the victories by Japanese Imperial Forces, parades and celebrations were held throughout Japan and even in the colonies of both Korea and Formosa. Cheering subjects waved flags, screaming "BANZAI! LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!" at the top of their lungs.
Children throughout Japan were given the day off to celebrate. Many, with great enthusiasm and interest, watched parades of Japanese subjects walking down the streets, some even dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, calling for "victory" and "good cheer"!
Support for the war continues to be ecstatic!
As this reporter leaves for now with a patriotic "BANZAI"!, I pray and wish for a swift victory!