July 8, 1942

Mr. Toyama, a very nice, educated Japanese, employee of Mitsui, will teach the family Japanese, twice a week in the evenings. My son Vic refused to study. He said “It’ll be a dead language, after this war.” I told him: “You don’t lose anything by studying Japanese.” Naric Inspection Division will now survey the makers..

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July 4, 1942

No parades, no celebrations—in public. Cozy little parties, drinks, dancing, singing—in private. The Filipinos have learned to celebrate on July 4th. More trouble from Mr. Inada. Mr. Felix Gonzalez, formerly Bulletin reporter, presented his resignation. Said he couldn’t stand Inada’s arrogance. Inada shouted at Gonzalez for not knowing mess hall regulations. Gonzalez answered him in..

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July 3, 1942

Am writing a letter to Fort Santiago requesting the release of Pagulayan and Unson. Will give the following reasons: (1) They are good, useful men. (2) They have excellent records in the government service. (3) Whatever propaganda they disseminated has been checked. (4) They have been more than sufficiently penalized. I also offered the guarantee..

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July 2, 1942

Mr. Nakashima, Assistant Supervisor-de-Facto, has taken charge of the purchasing of spare parts. Naric needs a two-year supply, at least. Honesty is essential in this task. Mr. Fukada reported that the Army is ready with soldiers for Nueva Viscaya purchases. Next move depends on the Naric, he stated. The body of a Japanese soldier was..

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June 30, 1942

Lifted my telephone, overheard a conversation: “Don’t you recognize me?” “Who... who are you?” “Guess.” “I can’t imagine. If you don’t tell me who you are, I will have to close the phone. I do not speak to strangers.” “It’s me darling, it’s me. Teddy.” “Darling… Teddy… you’re back… oh, I’m so happy.” “I’m so..

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June 28, 1942

Tears. Tears of joy. Mothers embracing sons as they walked out of the prison camp in O’Donnell. It was the most touching sight ever seen in this country. The defeated troops have been allowed to return to their homes. The Tribune carries the picture of a Filipino private with his USAFFE cap walking with a..

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June 25, 1942

Not all the people have surrendered to the Japanese. Guerilla activities continue unabated in the hills. The Japanese have issued a warning to all guerillas to surrender by the end of June 1942. The warning ended with the exhortation: “Don’t repent too late by continuing your futile resistance and letting this best chance for you..

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June 23, 1942

People do not seem to understand how to organize a neighborhood association. They don’t read the instructions carefully. When they don’t get their rice, they complain. The heads of families in a certain neighborhood may formally organize themselves into a Neighborhood Association. An association generally consists of 23 heads of families. Membership, however, could be..

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