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July 26, 1944 (Wednesday)

The Koiso-Yonai cabinet is now in the news limelight. Reshuffles in the government are being made, and the whole nation is following with close interest the development of events. (Tōjō fell with Saipan.)

Death of Mr. Balais. We learned this morning of the tragic death of Mr. Balais in a plane crash. He left a few days ago on his way to the Philippines, and we never thought he was going to meet such a tragic fate. Mr. Balais was a nice fellow. He was working at the Kokusai Bunka Kyōkai (International Culture Society) and was returning to the Philippines for reasons of health. May God grant him eternal rest!