ALBUM – view my Japanese Occupation of the Philippines WW2 album. Fast Facts. Region: Far East Group: Japanese Occupations of WW2 Classification: Military Occupation Prior Regime: Philippines, US Commonwealth Key Dates: 1941, Dec 8 – Japanese launch attack on the Philippines 1942, Apr/May – Philippine and American forces surrender in Bataan and Corregidor According to the Ministry of Defense, Filipinos are the 3rd or 4th largest foreign population living in Japan (depending on the year, it continues to be a toss-up with Vietnamese residents), and they have had a long and strong presence in the country. The number of Filipinos living in Japan had increased in the late 90s to the numbers seeing today. However, many of those numbers were a sad