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Formosans were impressed into military service or labored for the Japanese. The Takasago Giyutai (Taiwan Battalion) were Taiwanese natives who volunteered to join the Japanese Army and were known for their jungle craft and capabilities as scouts and served in New Guinea and other locations.
During the Japanese colonial era, Formosa produced sugar and rice crops that were exported to Japan. Taiwan factories refined one tenth of the aluminum used by Japan. During the war, many of the prewar sugar mills were converted to produce butanol for aviation gasoline. Formosa was developed with approximately fifty wartime airfields. Towards the end of the war, it came under air attack from Allied aircraft, but was never invaded.
Takao (Takow, Takau, Kaohsiung)
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