by Ralph Walker Scott, Ph. D.
Professor of Romance Languages at Trinity College, Hartford,
Conn. Former Professor of Occidental Languages at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
Asia and Oceania--The population of the Japanese Empire prior to the seizure of Manchukuo was estimated at about 100,000,000, distributed as follows: Japan proper, 72,000,000; Korea, 22,000,000; Taiwan (Formosa), 5,500,- 000; Karafuto (the southern part of the island of Sakhalin), 500,000. It is fairly safe to assume that practically all of these populations may be reached with Japanese. To these may be added the mandated Bismarck, Caroline, Marianas, Gilbert and Marshall Islands, with a total population of slightly over 500,000.
The Manchukuo conquest brought about 37,000,000 people, mostly of Chinese stock and speech, under Japanese domination. The areas of China overrun and dominated by Japan (including the important cities of Peiping, Tientsin, Nanking, Hankow, Shanghai, Hangchow, Wenchow, Foochow, Amoy, Swatow, and Canton) may be estimated to have well over 100,000,000 inhabitants. Japanese is to, some extent current in all this territory.
Since Japan's entry into the war, Nippon's territorial acquisitions have included Thailand (15,000,000); French Indo-China (23,000,000); British Malaya (5,500,000);
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Publication information: Book title: Languages for War and Peace. Contributors: Mario A. Pei - Author. Publisher: S.F. Vanni. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1943. Page number: 525.