July 19, 1972 Wednesday

[p.1] 11:35 PM PAGE 2203 July 19, 1972 Wednesday Malacañan Palace Manila We have one of the worst floods in years. Almost all of Western Luzon is under water. While Typhoon Gloring is leaving to the NE (1,500 kms. away) and merely skirted the Philippines sucking in the SW monsoon causing the precipitation, there is..

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21st March 1945

The Times today carried two remarkable stories, both hand-outs of the military press corps. The first comes from Yiojima. "With the fighting on Yiojima reaching a state of ever-increasing bitterness," it states, "Unit Commander Masuo Ikeda decided to ‘win by dying’. His determination was carried through completely to each of his men. So many volunteered..

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8th March 1945

On the 8th of every month, which is set aside all over Japan to commemorate the imperial rescript declaring war, Vargas pays his respects at the Yasukuni shrine, where the spirits of Japan’s war-dead are enshrined. Today, after the customary ceremony, he was taken to a new six-foot drum. "Will His Excellency be so kind..

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11th January 1945

As the Asahi puts it, with typical bombast, "the American troops have at last set their dirty shoes on the soil of Luzon." the paper thereupon goes to great length to call for "powerful politics" enforced at any cost. But nowhere in the lengthy article does the paper get more definite than the following; "There..

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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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January 8, 1945

Breakfast -- thick lugao made of rice and rice flour and a small ladle of coco milk. Made hot water and made soup of coco milk, lugao, and salt. Had something hot although it was not so good. The camp is about out of salt. They never put any in the mush and I have..

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November 14, 1944

Manilans are excited, morale has soared and there are bright smiles on the faces of everyone you meet on the streets. All day yesterday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for almost every hour, U.S. planes bombed and rebombed Jap installations in the City. There are fires all around: two in the direction of Murphy,..

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