Front Magazine, Wikimedia Commons 

With a format resembling Life magazine, FRONT magazine was created by the Japanese Intelligence Bureau with civilian editors, photographers, and graphic designers to represent the Imperial Japanese empire “in its true form in this time of extreme international change.”

Published in 15 languages, FRONT focused on the war in Asia with issues featuring the Imperial Navy, the Imperial Army, and Manchuria. Financial support for FRONT came from Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, and other companies that relied on military contracts.