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From Social Reformation to Japanization

From Social Reformation to Japanization

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On October 1, 1936 (Year 11 of the Showa regime), Kobayashi Seizo became the 17th Governor-General of Taiwan, and colonization in Taiwan entered the so-called “Japanization” period. In terms of implementation, the Office of the Governor-General abolished the use of Chinese in newspapers, encouraged Taiwanese people to adopt Japanese names and worship at Shinto shrines, with the aim of leading them to become the Emperor’s subjects, and thus willing to sacrifice their lives in the war. In 1941, (Year 16 of Showa regime), Governor Hasegawa Kiyoshi established the "Tribute to the Emperor Society" and appointed himself as its president, with members of the elite from all over Taiwan being required to join it. Together, they encouraged production throughout Taiwan and created a civil defense system.

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