The Japanese Enemy, His Power and His Vulnerability

The Japanese Enemy, His Power and His Vulnerability

The Japanese Enemy, His Power and His Vulnerability

The Japanese Enemy, His Power and His Vulnerability

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 ( Cleveland, Ohio ).

So the Japanese navy believes it can fight America. That is the staggering part of the news. The navy had the last word; nobody could rush Japan into war without the navy's consent. The navy is a scientific service; its young officers are too busy to muddle their brains with pipe dreams. The navy has not lost its face in China. Before the Emperor gave the nod and grunt that okayed the order for Pearl Harbor, he must have said to the navy: "It's your responsibility; are you sure you can bring the Empire safely through it?" He would require an answer on "soul and conscience." He would say something like this: "I am responsible to the divine ancestors for the Empire they have placed in my hands. Are you prepared to answer to them for the fate of this Empire?" His mouthpiece would be old Admiral Suzuki, the Grand Chamberlain, who would not easily be fooled.

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