12th August 1945

All the world knows that the Japanese are ready to surrender except the Japanese, A rumor ran through the Village today that Japan had made peace with the U.S.S.R. but it did not go further. A proclamation issued by the war minister on the 11th notified the army: "The only task before us is to..

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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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27th April 1945

"In view of the increasing skill of the enemy," the siren signals will be shortened. The alert (one continuous blast) will be cut from three minutes to one and the actual alarm (a series of blasts) will be blown for four seconds five times instead of 10, starting the 1st May. It was announced today..

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7th April 1945

With 120 bombers over Tokyo and 150 more over Nagoya, Suzuki requested "the visits of ministerial candidates to his cabinet-organizing headquarters" from 8 o’clock this morning and "entered into direct negotiations with them." The press expected that some of the Koiso ministers would be retained, among them Admiral Yonai for the navy, "to organize the..

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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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February 21-23, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Summary of events here during my two weeks of absence: The letter Quezon was drafting when I left, in which he asked the President's support for a joint resolution of Congress declaring the Philippines "are and of right ought to be free and independent" was never sent. Instead he saw the President just..

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November 2, 1942

The new Ministry of Greater East Asia Affairs was created in Tokyo, a euphemism for Ministry of Colonies. This new ministry will have three big bureaus for general affairs for Manchuria, China and the Southern Regions. The last one, according to the Tokyo Gazette, will take care of the affairs of French Indochina, Thailand, Malaya..

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