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28th March 1945

After treating the American operations in the so-called southwest islands as a passing raid, imperial headquarters has now announced an actual landing on the Okinawa group, three days after it was actually made. Meantime, with all preparations for the new political party near completion, it has been announced that General Jiro Minami, member of the privy council and former governor-general of Chosen, will be its head. It will mean a change from the navy to the army. The president of the old party was Admiral Kobayashi who got the job, according to some quarters, because no politician was wanted, the army already had the premiership, and he himself was the senior retired admiral. The futility of the whole business can be gauged from that one fact: politicians are not wanted in this political party.