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  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Knowledge of Japanese language, culture crucial to WW II success in the Pacific

Don Pilcher / The Bellingham Herald
Knowledge of the Japanese language and culture by the U.S. military was crucial in prosecuting the Pacific military effort in the Second World War. Bellingham residents Irwin and Carole Slesnick published a book in 2006 about the use of Japanese interpreters during the war and during the occupation of Japan. Entitled "Kanji & Codes," it provides a fascinating account of the training and use of Japanese interpreters by the military.

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