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Japanese Occupation

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The Japanese Imperial Forces entered Manila on January 2, 1942.  Postal service was temporarily suspended until full instructions were laid down for its reopening.  Rules and regulations were formulated and implemented by the Department of Public Works and Communications, including the renaming of the Bureau of Posts to Bureau of Communications.   

On March 4, 1942, the postal service was formally reopened at Manila Central Post Office.  Two stamps and a postal card were issued.  Remaining stocks from the Commonwealth were overprinted with black bars deleting the words “United States of America” and “Commonwealth of the”.  This practice continued until the new administration was able to print its own stamps and postal stationery. 

In the beginning, postal service was limited to the Greater Manila area, comprising of:  Manila, Caloocan, Makati, Mandaluyong, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon and San Juan del Monte

Provincial post offices were reopened as situations in each area stabilized.  All mail was subjected to censorship until June 30, 1943. 

Under the Japanese Administration, the Philippines issued its first souvenir sheet and semi-postal stamps.  Also, stamps and postal cards printed in Japan with Japanese inscriptions  were issued.   

Postal service officially ended in Manila on February 3, 1945, when the American Military Forces liberated Manila. 

Reopening of Railway Line between Manila and San Fernando, Pampanga.  (This train leaves Tutuban Station with Japanese Railway Corps aboard, joyfully celebrating the completion of the reconstruction work on this line.)  February 15, 1942.  (From The Official Journal of the Japanese Military Administration, Vol. 1, 1942)


Photo Collection, Japanese Occupation of the Philippines



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