The Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931 is one of the darkest episodes in Japanese history. Under Japanese occupation the local Chinese and Russian populations were subjected to a campaign of terror and intimidation. Back in Japan, the conquest of Manchuria was extremely popular, providing an economic lifeline, as Manchuria was said to be rich in natural resources to help Japan recover from the Great Depression. This was a period when propaganda children's songs proliferated. extoling the virtues of the conquest of Manchuria and the military. Following the war, these children's songs largely disappeared. This is a CD of those songs taken from rare 78s.
1. Hirose Chusa/ Kosaka Katsuya 2. Boku wa Gunjin/ Yamazaki Ichiro, Yoshida Reiko 3. Gunba no Uta/ Mochidzuki Makoto 4. Bokura no Kaigun/ Mochidzuki Makoto Nagaoka Shizuko, Kawamura Junko, Yoshida Reiko 5. Oka Heri Nasai Kamikaze/ Yoshida Reiko, Sasaki Yoko 6. Heitai-san Gokuro-san/ Saito Tatsuo, Yoshida Reiko 7. Heitaisan no Kisha/ Saito Tatsuo, Okubo Sumiko 8. Teki no Yashu/ Kusanori Kiyoshi 9. Oji-san Arigato/ Saito Tatsuo 10. Aikoku Koshinkyoku/ Saito Tatsuo, Okubo Sumiko, Yajima Eiko, Sasaki Yoko 11. Aibashingunka/ Kei Hwa Heisei 12. Kigen Nisenroppyakunen/ Japan Polydor Children's Choir 13. Choki Kensetsunouta/ Japan Polydor Children's Choir 14. Heitai-san no Dota Kutsu/ Yada Minoru 15. Koa no Kane/ Yada Minoru, Yajima Eiko (with Choir) 16. Ikusa no Ohanashi, Sanchome Fumio / Yajima Eiko 17. Sora no Miyasama / Yada Minoru, Katsube Midori Japan Polydor Children's Choir 18. Bokura no Chikara (Chochiku no Shingun)/ Yada Minoru, Yajima Eiko, Japan Polydor Children's Choir 19. Hei tai san / Jido Dokusho 20. Kantai Kinmu 'Getsugetsukasuimokukinkin / Okamura Matsuko, Sanbugassho mi Suzu Doyo Ongaku-dan Jido 21. Butsuin kara Kita Gomu Marisan/ Watanabe Sawako, Sato Toshiko 22. Kotoshi no Tsubame/ Misuzu Nursery School Music Group Tokiwa Chair Choir 23. Sora no Kamisama/ Fujii Keiko, Misuzu Nursery School Music Group