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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16th May 1945

In a formal decision of the cabinet Japan recognized yesterday that the tri-partite treaty, the subsequent Axis military alliance, the anti-Comintern pact, and other related treaties have been "rendered null and void". As if by pre-arrangement the vernacular are full of portents and warnings. "The ground fighting on the main Okinawa island has become more..

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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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16th March 1945

The roads out of Tokyo are crowded with refugees, each with his bundle strapped to his back. The last raid has done more to push the dispersion program than all the "powerful politics" of the past year. This morning a man with an ugly purple blister across half his face asked me shyly if I..

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24th February 1945

"The fighting situation is becoming ever more fierce," warns the Tokyo Shimbun today. "The enemy has landed on Yiojimu, which may be said to be Just in front of the gate of our mainland.... By now it has become evident that the enemy is intending to strike directly against our mainland and his fighting will..

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16th January 1945

The press is still beating the tom-toms over the Ise bombing. A noted Japanese historian says that "the enemy are not men for men fight a man's way". An editorialist cries that "all the American devils should be slaughtered". The Asahi openly accused the Americans of bombing Ise "according to pre-arranged plan". The question is interesting...

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