"In the 1930s, a new style of poster emerged that reflected the growing significance of the masses in Japanese society"
, says Pink Tentacle
"These artistic posters borrowed elements from Western design and often incorporated bold slogans with political, economic and educational themes."
However, the original posting
is quite a strange brew, leftist posters mixed with government propaganda. Here is only "pure proletarian" artwork.
Workers and Farmers Russian Art Exhibit (Japan Proletarian Art League, 1927):
Tohoku Area Famine Relief (Federation of Tokyo Area Proletarian Organizations, 1931):
The 2nd Proletarian Art Grand Exhibition (Japan Proletarian Artists Federation, 1929):
Proletarian Art Institute (1930)
Poster for The Proletarian Graph Magazine (Proletarian News Company, 1929):
Come, the Dawn of Mankind is Breaking (Farmers' Theater Performance, 1928):
And my personal favorite,
Election Poster for Labor-Farmer Party, 1928:
Source: "Japanese Posters and Handbills in the 1930s - Communication in Mass Society,"
published by National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo,
Headline poster: "Listen! Workers of All Nations!"
It's interesting to compare these posters with some examples of Japanese industrial expo propaganda