FAR EAST: Japan Admits It

Until last week the ancient axiom that China is too big to be conquered had never been admitted by Japan. Last week the world was astounded to hear Japan admit it. With perhaps the greatest loss of face in modern Japanese history, the Japan Times and Advertiser, English-language mouthpiece of the Japanese Foreign Office, permitted itself to say that "ideas of overcoming this mastodon of nations must have little more appeal even to the most sanguine of soldierly minds."

The Advertiser's extraordinary editorial also advocated a radical change of Japanese conduct in...

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