of the Southern Region" (meaning Southeast Asia), this cartoon from
a December 1942 issue of Osaka Puck depicts the Japanese liberation
of Indonesia from Dutch colonial rule. The enlightening sun, labeled
"Co-Prosperity Sphere," warms the greeting between the Japanese and
the Indonesian as it scares away the Dutch woman. The iconography
of the illustration, however, implies a far from equitable relationship
between the "liberator" and the "liberated."