I’m currently working on a project regarding Japanese Rifles in WWI and WWII, and have been trying to find contemporary photos of Japanese Soldiers clearly armed with either Type 38 or Type 99 Arisaka Rifles… and after searching for hours, I’ve yet to find any taken by the Japanese in which you can clearly see much at all.
In fact, there don’t seem to be many photos taken by the Japanese during WWII, full stop.
Most of the photos I’ve found that were taken by the Japanese in WWII are either apparently coprighted by individual people in the US (I’m not entirely sure how you can hold copyright on photos taken by someone else in a country your nation was at war with, 60 years ago, but I digress), of appalling quality, or don’t show anyone with rifles.
Most of the photos taken in the Pacific have been taken by American, British, or Australian personnel (as you’d expect), but almost none by Japanese personnel. I’m guessing it’s because the Japanese didn’t have the facilities in newly conquered areas to process photos (or else the average Japanese soldier didn’t have a camera), but even so, the comparative lack of Propaganda Photos (“The Superior Japanese Soldier strikes another blow at the Imperialist Warmongering Pigs!” and so on) seems… unusual, given everyone else’s propensity for this.
So, anyone know why there are so few Japanese photos of WWII, and, while we’re here, where I can find some non-copyrighted (or free use) photos of Japanese soldiers with Arisaka Rifles at all?