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23rd February 1945

One of our interpreters, excusing himself for a day’s absence, said that the heavy snowfall had tied up the local line at his neighborhood for five hours. A switch between two stations had frozen tight and, as he explained it, the repairmen from both stations had spent an hour walking to the scene, another hour discussing what should be done, two more hours going back for the necessary equipment and returning with it, and the fifth hour fixing up the switch. “I give up Japan,” he exclaimed. “We try to do everything with manpower her. Very funny, no?”