Right, it was discovered AFTER the war. Were the rest really so important that they balance the negative effects of war with the industrial powerhouse that was the USA?The Philippines have a number of minerals: Gold, Copper, Iron, Chromite and Coal. Oil was discovered off Palawan after the war. My Dad worked there a time or two as a Mud Engineer. The Japanese could have also sent food back to Japan. The PI was the world's largest producer of Manila Hemp (rope).