13th May 1945

Signs of the times: the fourth and fifth sections of the bureau of political affairs of the foreign office are moving out of Tokyo to the provinces. They deal with European and American affairs. My informant, a Japanese diplomat, said also there was no question of surrender for Japan. "It would be foolish to give..

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2nd January 1945

Koiso ate his words yesterday or perhaps took a bigger mouthful. In a New Year's Day radiocast he proclaimed that Leyte was no longer decisive; "the entire Philippines…is the crucial battlefield." The Burmese military cadets are out on furlough over the holidays and the Burmese military attache has been hunting all over the city for..

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September 9, 1943

Once the Philippines becomes independent—and many believe that it would be within this month—would she enjoy a complete and absolute sovereignty, a national and international sovereignty as defined by Jean Bodin and as described by political law? The Constitution is silent on this matter. Rather, all indications pointed to an independence, not of the western..

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August 5, 1943

In big headlines, the press reported the capture of Col. Hugh Straughn who was allegedly the guerrilla commander in Central Luzon and to whom was partly attributed the rampant lawlessness in Zambales and Tayabas. The captive read on radio some very humiliating statements about his actuations and miserable life in the mountains, appealing to his..

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May 24, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Osmeña was operated upon hurriedly on Saturday last for appendicitis. Quezon goes down to Doctors' Hospital every day to call on him. The President told me of a recent meeting of the Pacific War Council. Mr. Roosevelt had opened with a talk of Attu, of which he had a large map. Evidently, he..

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January 29, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. The newspapers this morning gave Premier Hideki Tojo's speech of yesterday to the Diet in Tokyo in which he promised independence to Burma. He also said: "The people of the Philippines deserve independence, because they understand Japan's real aims and are ready to collaborate. . . . It is encouraging to observe an..

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May 10, 1942

Listened to Radio Tokyo. Heard that the Japanese forces operating in Burma have occupied Myitkina, northeastern terminus of the Burma railway. I wonder if the Burmese are wholeheartedly cooperating with the Japanese. The Coral Sea naval battle seems to have taken quite a heavy toll of ships from the U.S. Navy. The Japanese claim the..

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