During the early summer of 1928, Japan’s officials, keenly militaristic and critically aware of the road their country was shortly to take, staged a huge mock air raid against the city of Osaka. Thousands of civilians, feigning injury, dropped in their tracks in the streets, and vast numbers of doctors and nurses rushed about to “treat” them. The police, pompous and overbearing, and with a new feeling of importance inspired by the unusual event, curtly directed servile stretcher-bearers. And the newspapers of Japan, impressed by the nation’s growing might, surveyed the scene and found it “gallant” and “heroic.” The prevailing opinion was that Japan had come of age.
Japan's Homeland Aerial Defense
By Bertram Vogel