From 176,000 entries the Imperial Rule Assistance Association chose as a slogan to stir Japanese fighting forces now in their eighth year of war: Iki, Waki, Konki, Sookekki (spirit, harmony, stamina, total action).
In a war song contest run by Tokyo's
Mainichi Shimbun, the first prize went to:
Fall apart like the petals of a flower for
the Emperor's sake.
Fall apart and thus turn into a devil to
protect our country.
Three thousand years of glorious victory,
wherever our great Army exists.
There is no looseness in land or massive rocks....