9th June 1945

On the train to Odawara I listened to an old man and an old woman, who happened to be seatmates, strike up a conversation. They were both from Tokyo, it appeared, and both had moved to the country. Eagerly they exchanged confidences and complaints, It seemed the country was insupportable. The people were such boors;..

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8th June 1945

Osaka was hit by 250 B-29's yesterday morning; two days before, about 350 had pounded the city of Kobe. The raids were far away and to those of us in Tokyo they were more of an excuse for reminiscing. The Thai naval attache related an experience during the great raid of the 25th-26th May. He..

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7th June 1945

When I heard by accident that one of our students, the only one we had in the north of Japan, had "disappeared", I hurried to the International Students' Goodwill Society, which has direct charge of our government scholars. I was met with uneasy evasions. Even blunt old Ambassador Taketomi seemed to be afraid to talk...

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6th June 1945

There is a general expectation that the change in the imperial Household ministry is only the forerunner of more extensive changes, possibly the fall of the cabinet after the fall of Okinawa. One indication of the crisis: Vargas has an appointment today with the war minister. It was put off from hour to hour and..

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5th June 1945

The minister of the imperial household, Marquis Tsuneo Matsudaira, resigned after more than nine years in office yesterday "assuming responsibility for the burning of the imperial palace and the Omiya palace." His successor was a surprise, Sotaro Ishiwata, former finance minister, who has had "little or nothing to do with the affairs of the Imperial..

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2nd June 1945

About 400 B-29's carried out another concentrated daylight raid yesterday, this time on Osaka, and the Times feels compelled this morning to write: "The enemy's terror raids upon the major cities of Japan have recently reached a new height of intensity and it cannot be denied that the damage which they have caused is shockingly..

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1st June 1945

The authorities are going [illegible] about the effect of the propaganda pamphlets dropped on Tokyo and Yokahama. "The contents of the leaflets," cries the Asahi today, "are of such a fantastic nature that anyone who reads them is provoked to laughter. But someone off his guard may play into the hands of the enemy. We..

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31st May 1945

The trains were running to Tokyo again and I had an opportunity to see for myself what remained of Yokohama. Once more I was reminded of the fact that all ruins look alike. But there was one thing that struck me. I had never thought Yokohama was so small a city. It looked bigger when..

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30th May 1945

Yokohama was hit by 500 B-29's accompanied by some 100 P-51's, according to the official communique. They worked on the city for barely an hour and a half from 9:30 a.m. "This is the first time that the enemy has sent so many planes," notes the Asahi. It was a bad time for the navy..

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