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Notes on the Geography of Micronesia (Pohnpei): Pohnpei: Photo 60

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Nothing fancy, but it's a small miracle that it survived the American bombing at all. This Japanese tolerance of Christianity may seem odd, but Japanese rule until the war was generally benign. The takeover itself after World War I had been very peaceful. Mark R. Peattie (p. 63) quotes the Catholic bishop of Micronesia, Salvator Walleser, as follows: "A few days after the seizure, the chief of the occupying forces appeared and explained with polite excuses that Japan had conquered the island and would administer it from now on. For the present, everything was to remain as it was... By and large, the conquerors--officers and troops--acted with decorum during and after the takeover of the island. Although the troops had gone through everything and had ample opportunity to steal whatever they wanted, not the least little thing was missing after they left."

The Japanese officer in charge of the search, Matsuoka Shizuo (1867-1936), later became a cultural anthropologist specializing in Micronesia.

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