Japanese: 1914 - 1944

In WWI Japan declared war against Germany and invaded the Northern Marianas. There was no battle since there were so few Germans on the islands and they left freely. Japan imported numerous workers and their families to work the successful sugar industry. Japan urbanized Saipan constructing buildings and roads. In 1935 the construction efforts switched to building fortifications. Virtually all of Saipan was fortified in preparation for battle with America who was, at that time, still in a state of isolationism.

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I have lived in Saipan since 1996 and enjoy learning about the amazing history of this island. This is a collection photographs that I believe to be public domain. If you have rights to a photograph on this website and wish for me to remove it or if you would like to add a photograph to the collection, please let me know. Thank you. ewjohnson@pticom.com