11th May 1945

A small peace clique is now taking shape in Japan. One of its leaders is sopposed to be General Ugaki who has, according to the story, openly announced his readiness to negotiate a peace through his former good friend, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Ugaki has never been on good terms with his army colleagues; the army..

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10th January 1945

Not all the Japanese are unaware of how things are going. Today a Japanese admitted to me that the situation looked "hopeless". The Americans, he said, were betting huge sums and Japan had no chips left. We were playing poker, which explains his choice of metaphor. No, he said, the Japanese did not mind their..

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November 20, 1944

Emilio was here this morning. He said a Jap officer went to his house at eight o'clock last night with a German. The Jap wants him to vacate his house "to give place for this German". Emilio who is hot-headed answered "I'm not going to vacate my own house for any German." Emilio's wife was..

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January 26-27, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Quezon is offered $1,000 a lecture for ten meetings by Getts, a lecture promoter, who came to lunch with his wife, the former Osa Johnson, widow of Martin Johnson the big game photographer. Quezon expressed himself as in favour of a balance of power in the Far East--that Japan should not be so..

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July 14, 1942

Shoreham Hotel. I found Quezon in high spirits; he had an overhaul yesterday at the Walter Reed Hospital, where they found his heart, arteries, kidneys, etc., quite sound, and ascribe his blood pressure only to nervousness. He is now all enthusiasm for writing his book, and is at work six or eight hours a day..

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May 31, 1942

Quezon came into my room at the Shoreham for a two hours' talk. Yesterday he had offered me an official position to go around with him and help him with his English in preparing his speeches. I told him I thought his command of English was excellent, and that I had not come to him..

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February 2, 1942

Rice dealers gathered at the NARIC this morning and I explained the new policy ordered regarding the selling of rice in the markets. I wonder if they understood my explanations. Things are not going on well in Singapore. How long will the British last? The Japanese seems to be winning in all campaigns. It is..

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