19th May 1945

The diplomatic corps in Japan has fallen on evil days. It was dull enough after all the allied representatives were exchanged. Then Italy surrendered and the royalists were thrown into internment camp where, according to the story, the wife of the ambassador had to wash her own clothes. One by one the Axis satellites followed..

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10th May 1945

As the last breached wall of Hitler’s Reich crumbled and collapsed, Japan peered through the choking cloud of rumor, report, glimmering hope and thickening despair and as it settled over the ruins of the new order in Europe, found herself alone against the world. There could no longer be a doubt; Germany had surrendered; Germany..

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7th May 1945

For the past four days the Japanese government and press have mourned for Hitler and his Reich, Mussolini and his Republic. In the afternoon of the 3rd Suzuki expressed his "profound sympathy". At the same time Togo called on the German ambassador to express deep condolences. The next day Iguchi, the official spokesman, eulogizing Hitler,..

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3rd May 1945

"Is it true that Hitler has been killed?" asked our maid this morning. I told her that it was only a rumor but that it was definite Mussolini had been shot. She did not seem to care about Mussolini but she mourned for the Fuehrer. "What do you care?" I asked her. "He was not a..

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1st May 1945

Today the Mainichi brought the first reaction to the surrender of Germany. "In the supposition that this report is true," the paper writes the following analysis: "In the first place we want to remind our readers that the European war and the war of Greater East Asia are not one and the same thing. In..

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30th April 1945

Amid rumors of Germany’s unconditional surrender, the board of information yesterday announced that on the 27th April the prime minister and the highest army and navy leaders exchanged "frank views" particularly on "the unification and manifestation of the fighting strength of the army and the navy". A vernacular explains: "There had been rumors circulating among..

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6th January 1945

Overcome Mounting Taxation Increase Through Temperance; Let's Refrain from Drinking and Making Unnecessary Trips Thus the Asahi headlines a new increase in taxes, the ninth since the start of the China Affair. The increase has been made in the classified income tax and the luxury taxes on alcoholic drinks, theater entertainment and travel. An eyewitness..

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September 9th 1943

Japs consider them to be very unjust and cowardly to surrender. Allies pushing into Europe. Germany is in bad situation. Tojo supposedly resigned. Just cash astheope in Japan. Either Earthquake or terrific bombing, little new these last few days. Have a feeling, this thing is about to be round up. Mel Morgan in Amobic ward...

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