8th August 1945

The details of the new bomb are still "under investigation". One feels that the authorities are just an puzzled and bewildered by the whole thing as anybody else; they are certainly withholding the extent of the damage but do they know any more than the average man about the nature of its cause? was it..

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6th July 1945

Why do the Japanese continue to fight? They are tired and hungry; the Tokyo Shimbun urges all Japanese to "learn to eat weeds". Yet if the war continues they must learn to eat cinders and ashes. What holds them in this hopeless conflict? Any motives of greed or glory must by now have vanished in..

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23rd June 1945

Today the wartime emergency measure law went into effect. It was about time, if not too late. The vernaculars were speaking of "gradually mounting losses" in the "death grapple" on Okinawa; more than 500-B-29's had once again hidden the sun in dust and smoke over the naval base at Kure and the regions under the..

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20th June 1945

Without comment the papers today quoted the Guam radio on the death of Lieutenant-General Simon B. Buckner on Okinawa. Tonight Vargas had dinner with an officer of the military police who had been in Manila. The questions which he asked Vargas were unexpected, to say the least. How, in the opinion of Vargas, could the..

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11th-15th June 1945

"As the earth hardens in the rain, so also the government and the people have grown more united," wrote the Asahi. It was a rain of fire and steel, a bloody hurricane, that swept the divine land as the diet met in 87th extraordinary session. Flames licked the rubble of the imperial cities. On Okinawa..

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28th May 1945

Almost unnoticed amid the mourning for Tokyo was the first faint death-rattle of Okinawa. On the night of the 24th the Giretsu air-borne unit of the special attack corps (Giretsu means heroism) clambered into the black bellies of a squadron of transport planes to spearhead a a Japanese general counter-offensive on Okinawa. Almost two months..

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