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Olympic Rings of Fear: Japan's Air Raid Angst (1938) At some point early in the previous century, island nations particularly were gripped with air raid angst. The relatively new threat of airborne destruction was especially poignant for countries that for centuries were able, for defense purposes, to profit from their aquatic isolation – countries like Britain or Japan. It seems the Japanese were already holding air raid drills as early as the 1920s, and tried harder than other nations to ...