Members of the Japan ground self defense force at Rumoi, Hokkaido in Japan for ski training. Ski troops go carrying ski equipment in their hands. Dog seen with troops. Steam locomotive train arrives. Ski troops board train. Smoke emits from engine. Train leaves. Ski troops receive training for wearing ski gear. Ski troops in sliding actions. Snow covered mountains in the background. Ski troops practice traveling on the hill carrying machine guns. They travel straight down the hill. They dig the ice and set up mortars. Ski infantry rifles are wrapped in white cloth. Brigadier General Ned D. Moore, Chief of the army section of United States Military Advisory Group, talks about training of selected Japanese officers, in the United States. Japan ground self defense forces march in parade.
Aerial views of snow-covered Camp Ashigawa Hokkaido, Japan, home of the 2nd Division, Japanese Ground Defense Forces Northern Corps. Japanese self defense force engineers assemble a Bailey Bridge. Defense Force personnel cross the new bridge in a half-track armed with antiaircraft guns Officers of 2nd signal unit, surrounded by snow banks, work on map reading exercise. Members of 2nd artillery regiment do practical exercises in setting up and operating a 155mm howitzer, in the snow. Members of the Aviation section practice emergency receiving and sending messages from ground to air. A light airplane (PA-18?) snags a message capsule suspended between two poles. The Japanese flag. A new unit of Japanese self defense forces in Northern Honshu. Local townspeople visit the camp in motorcade of jeeps. Japanese Defense force units parade in a ceremony. High ranking Japanese Officers, along with United States Generals Orlando Troxel and Herbert J. Vander, seated during ceremony. Officer, on Japanese Defense Force Sherman tank, salutes. Squadron of L-5 Sentinal Airplanes in flight.
A dramatization depicts a Japanese man's visit to a citizens' public hall in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan. A train moves past a field. Aerial view of houses in the city of Obihiro. The ground in front of the citizens' public hall is converted into a garden for children. Children watch a puppet show. They sit and laugh.
Animated map of Japan explains the geologic formation and the geographic placing of the Japanese islands. Japan is the land of rising sun. Animated map explains many islands in Japan. Tokyo and the Pacific Ocean drawn on the globe. Animated map shows the four main islands (from north to south) Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu in Japan. Mountain range is explained on animated map. View of forest and mountains.
United States attacks Japan during World War II. U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 aircraft parked on an airfield. B-29s fly in formation and bomb Japan. View of U.S. Navy fleet in waters nearing Japan. Close-up of Admiral Halsey. A U.S. Navy SB2C Helldiver aircraft, displaying tail code RR, from the USS Yorktown (CV-10), is seen in flight. The Navy bombards Hokkaido. Aerial view of the target area. The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki.
A look at various sources of energy in Japan prior to World War 2. Japanese coal miners ride railcars down into a mine. View of miner using pneumatic drill to cut away coal at the face. Steam shovel bucket loading bituminous coal into open rail car. Animated map showing locations of Japan's coal mining areas in Kyushu and Hokkaido and small deposits in Honshu. Scene shifts to a river and water power generation site. View of turbines in water-powered electric generating plant. Generator buildings at side of river. Electric power transmission facilities. View from below a dam of a hydroelectric plant in central Honshu. Pipes carrying water down a mountainside. Reservoirs for storing water. Animated map depicting meager oil deposits in Japan and showing some of its oil processing and storage facilities.