8th April 1945

After she first flurry over the cabinet change the press has had time to take up an even more significant development, the Soviet notice of abrogation of the non-aggression pact. The Times, in its role of unofficial spokesman for the foreign office, is grimly optimistic in an editorial entitled "Neutrality: Pact and Fact". "A formal..

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3rd April 1945

All the way from Miyanoshita to Tokyo was marked by send-off, parties for men called to the colors. The school-children in the village were lined up at the tram station, singing at the top of their voices, for an excited spectacled youth with the usual banner slung over his shoulders. Apparently he was one of..

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1st April 1945

Shopping idly in the luxury curio shops in Miyanoshita I was surprised to see that all the silver and tortoise-shell cigarette cases were gone. I wondered who could possibly have bought them at the fantastic prices set for them (plus an 80 per cent luxury tax). The shop-keeper explained that rich Japanese, who did not..

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20th March 1945

The train to Odawara was crowded with refugees and so was the neat little tourist tram to Miyanoshita. One young evacuee girl was making friends with the conductor; I overheard him thanking her for some gift or other and offering to help her load more of her baggage on the next trip. There was also..

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14th March 1945

The stories in this mountain village of Miyanoshita about the great raid on Tokyo are vastly exaggerated. Distance has multiplied all figures and one old man, whose house we asked to rent, wanted to know if it was true that the Americans were using a new type of bomb which blinded its victims. Meantime the..

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July 23, 1944 (Sunday)

After a good night’s rest away from the bustle of Tokyo, I woke up very early this morning, breathing the fresh country air of Gōra. Dressing hurriedly, I left the inn and started to reconnoiter the place, looking for a Catholic Church. It was a nice early morning walk in Gōra Kōen, the newest district..

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