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Parent Patriotic Organizations
Date 5 March 1947
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 4
Folder General Reports and Memoranda from March 1947
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
FILE NO. 250REPORT BY R. H. LARSH Investigator RE: Patriotic OrganizationsInv. Division 5 March 1947 TO: ALL ATTORNEYS The Investigations Division, IPS, has recently acquired a copy of a publication prepared by CIS, G-2, SCAP entitled "The Brocade Banner" which is a study of Japanese Nationalism from its inception in 1877. The following report is a compilation of the names of Japanese associations broken down into Ultra-Nationalistic, Nationalistic, and Conservative groupings. It is hoped that this report may be of use in screening Defense witnesses for affiliation with such organizations. A copy of "The Brocade Banner" is available in the Investigations Division, room 300, where it may be examined. It contains much information not only about some of the witnesses but about some of the defendants which has heretofore been unavailable. ******************** It must be remembered that there is a Japanese proverb which goes to the effect that "One Japanese means a smile, two Japanese a lengthly conversation, and three Japanese a society." Japanese have long been affected with "societyitis" and at one time there were more than 400 nationalistic societies operating in the country. Not all of these organizations can be considered as dangerous or ultra-nationalistic, and many were no more harmful than Rotary or Kiwanis Clubs. Many of them were formed solely for such innocent diversion as the study of Chinese and Japanese culture and can therefore be considered as nationalistic only in that their members were interested in the enhancement by study and education