She has been told by Japanese friends that it's called a "Techo", and is a military instruction book. She would like to return this to any family member we can find. Here are the details we have:
All Japanese military personnel were required to carry this small pocketbook and memorize THE Emperor's words therein. The Techo includes chapters such as these:
- Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors
- Imperial Rescript on Education
The first few pages contain personal information. The book belonged to Mr Yutaka Shibata who was born August 23, 1922 in Sotouro-cho, Edo Machi town, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki. His street address was 14 Banchi. This town, of course, was bombed, which may explain why I have so far been unable to locate any family members. Mr Shibata was drafted into the Western Military Army of Japan on August 15, 1943. He served with troop # 8064 in air defense. He did not finish his technical training, and was out of the army in November, 1943.
There is nothing further written in the book, so I have no idea what happened to him afterwards. I also have no idea how my father came upon this pocket book, which shows only mild weathering. I am guessing he found it on the side of the road not too long after it was dropped there, although my father was not in the Pacific until 1945.