What's the real beef about?

From Military Intelligence
Service, Information Bulletin No. 16, May 20, 1942, "Japanese Warfare: A Summary":

 

Section I: INTRODUCTION

The success of the Japanese in the current Far Eastern conflict has been due primarily to thorough pre-war preparations, to experience gained in more than 4 years of war in China, to development of tactics peculiarly suited to the theaters of operations, to close coordination of air, land, and sea forces into efficiently working combat teams, and to the proximity of Japanese armed forces to the scene of conflict.

The pre-war preparations included the training of perhaps 3,000,000 men in the methods of modern warfare, the development of new landing tactics and equipment well adapted for attack on the coveted areas, the perfection of jungle tactics, the collection of supplies and armament at strategic points, and the indoctrination of almost fanatical morale among the Japanese armed forces. Furthermore, Japan spread propaganda undermining the influence of the white race throughout southern Asia and the southwest Pacific Islands and developed a Fifth Column which has surpassed all previous examples of this new phase of warfare-all to aid her armed forces once ashore.

... [emphasis mine]

Undermining the influence of the white race? Gasp!

I'm surprised they'd include that line even after the brutal Japanese Empire had given them plenty of things to complain about without resorting to racism.

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Restatement

Furthermore, Japan spread propaganda undermining the influence of the white race throughout southern Asia and the southwest Pacific Islands...

restated:

Furthermore, Japan spread racist propaganda targeting whites.

Call that racist if you like, but to me, it amounts to an accusation that the Japanese themselves are spreading racist propaganda. I consider it unimportant whether it was worded as felicitously as it might be.

The Germans meanwhile undermined the influence of Jews in Germany.

I'm surprised they'd include that line even after the brutal Japanese
Empire had given them plenty of things to complain about without
resorting to racism.

Well, okay, let's scratch the line that points out that the Japanese undermined the influence of whites. But to be consistent, let's also scratch out references that state that the Germans spread propaganda that undermined the influence of Jews in Germany. I think it would be a bad idea, because in both cases, it's delivering important information about the evil activities of the enemy.

I can see your point, but

I can see your point, but would anyone ever write up the prelude to the Holocaust by saying "the Nazis spread propaganda undermining the influence of Jews in Germany"? I'd say no, because they could have written something a lot worse. That the pamphlet writer failed to come up with a more damning charge indicates that he actually couldn't have rearranged his language to make it look like your example.

Seems damning enough to me

That the pamphlet writer failed to come up with a more damning charge

The point wasn't to come up with a damning charge. The point was to describe what the Japanese did that strengthened their position and weakened the position of the United States. I think it is simply not a good idea to interpret a text by assuming that it is trying to do something that it manifestly is not. The inference you are drawing cannot work unless the writer was trying to damn the Japanese, but when I read all the quoted material what I see is a list of ways in which the Japanese strengthened their position and weakened ours.

If you look past the writer's strategic concerns at what the Japanese must have been doing that would merit the description he gave, it seems damning enough to me.