World War II Philippines - 1943 Japanese Occupation Commemorative Sheet Postmarked on Day of Issue

Following the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in the spring of 1942, Japanese forces occupied the Philippines and declared a semi-independent puppet state controlled by the Japanese Empire. Among the postage stamps issued during the occupation was this colorful commemorative sheet of 3 imperforate stamps, postmarked on its October 14, 1943 day of issue, proclaiming the establishment of their independence from the United States. This puppet state was short lived; following the surrender of Japan in 1945 full independence was granted to the Philippines. (#NB4)

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