1946-ongoing: PHILIPPINES. Beginning in the 1930s, Japan loots much of Asia of gold, precious stones, art and cultural treasures. Government treasuries, banks, factories, homes and art galleries are emptied of their valuables. Gold fillings are hammered from the teeth of corpses. The looting is under the control of Emperor Hirohito's brother, Prince Chichibu and the operation is called Golden Lily. Japan's foremost gangster, Kodama Yoshio, is made a rear admiral and is Chichibu's man on the ground. For years, the stolen loot is transported to Japan where some is used to pay for Japan's imperial wars but most ends up in the hands of the Japanese ruling elite including members of the imperial family and various other gangsters.