Why is there seemingly so little in the way of photos and film taken by the Japanese in WW2?
I've read anecdotes in the past about the existence of gun camera footage of the raid on Pearl Harbor being lost with the sinking of some IJN flag ship, or the photos of mutilated marines of Wake Island being found amid the personal effects of dead Japanese soldiers on Guadalcanal, so surely they did document themselves.
Was it a purge of possibly incriminating evidence like the USSR and the Katyn massacre? Some cultural quirk that saw them destroyed in defeat? Or are they just sitting dusty in some archive?
I'm more curious if they exist in some Japanese nation archive or something similar. It's easy to find American, German, and in most cases Russian photos in droves but it seems like there is little available from Jappan
Much of what is out there is of pretty low quality compared to what you can find from other countries.
But this problem was resolved formidably by the country taking control of the photography industry with glorious victories by the armies and navies of Nikon, Canon and Sony. Japan will never again have shitty war photos.
The filthy nips burnt and destroyed a lot of their evidence because they are cowards who can't own up to their crimes or face the punishment because of 'muh pride'.
Now the nips spend their existence trying to make foreigners think they are 'le so cool and interesting so you should forget about how evil we really are and the fact that we took in about less than 20 refugees in several decades while working with countries that create refugees' which shows they haven't hanged as a country at all.
They need to be purged lmao.
The relative lack of Japanese war records seems to be a combination of all those things you mentioned.
A lot of records were lost to various wartime causes, particularly with firebombing efforts burning several major cities to the ground. More were lost to the actions of the Japanese themselves at the end of the war. It's not really clear as to why they did so, but they tried to purge most of their records when the war ended, and in fact were so good at it that for things like pre-war government proceedings, all we have is a couple of file boxes one guy saved in his basement (could be a bit wrong with that, but the Japs did a hell of a lot more record-purging than the Nazis did).
Given that the Japanese seemed more concerned with honor than accountability for any wrong they may have done, I'd assume that most of their purging was the product of their near-alien sense of "honor" than really trying to cover their asses.
this is a good observation
people usually think of "honor" as "doing the (morally) right thing"
The Eastern sense of "honor" has more to do with saving face. Even if you ARE to blame, if all evidence of your blame is erased, boom. Righteous.