Rare 1943 Japanese World War II map of Hawaii from the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere series.
The map shows the Hawaiian Islands with an inset of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, and another detailing the outer/minor Islands.
Flight and shipping routes appear in red. The inclusion of the map in the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere series demonstrates the Japanese designs to take over the island.
This map was issued as part of a 20 map series known as the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere (大東亜共栄圏). It was an imperial concept created and promulgated for occupied Asian populations during 1930-45 by the Empire of Japan. The concept was announced by Hachirō Arita onJune 29, 1940.
The Co-Prosperity Sphere was intended as a self-sufficient 'bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers.' It covered Southeast Asia, Eastern China, Manchuria, Japan, the East India Islands, and parts of Oceania. The idea promoted the cultural and economic unity East Asians, Southeast Asians, and Oceanians. That Hawaii is included in this map series addresses the claims the Japanese believed they had to the archipelago.