July 12, 1943

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Premier Tojo paid a surprise visit to the Philippines a second time. He came from Thailand and Singapore (now Syonan) where more serious matters called for his presence. Officially, all he did was annex four provinces to Siam and organize a Hindustan army to fight against the Anglo-Americans and free themselves from the British yoke. He made a stopover of a few hours in the Philippines on his way back to Tokyo, called a Cabinet meeting and gave them a talk on pacification, cooperation and other trifles. That was all, it seemed.

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