Nippon jiji was a Japanese-speaking newspaper based in Hawaii that ran from 1896 to 1942 when its name was changed to The Hawaii Times and continued to publish until 1985. It was critical of the plantation system and played an important role in the sugar cane strikes of 1909 and 1985. While several of its staff were interned during World War II, the newspaper continued on for another 40 years.
Nippon jiji in Days of InfamyEdit
After Hawaii fell to Japanese rule, Nippon jiji became a propaganda tool for the Empire of Japan. Jiro Takahashi was interviewed by a reporter of Nippon jiji, during which he expressed a pro-Japanese sentiment, which claimed that all Japanese living in Hawaii were pleased to be living under Japanese rule. Takahashi was photographed on the front page of Nippon jiji.
Jiro's son, Kenzo, was shocked and angered by his father's interview after reading the newspaper. He also realized that Jiro was unknowingly condemning himself for treason in the eyes of the Americans.