BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Closing In

The war has closed in on Japan with a rapidity which, only a year ago, seemed inconceivable. Last week, as a great fleet of B-29s made the heaviest demolition attack on the Japanese heartland, Premier Kuniaki Koiso and his cronies (see FOREIGN NEWS) gibbered of invasion. Actually, Allied forces now have no base large enough, or close enough to Japan, to launch amphibious operations against the main islands. But they are moving ahead on an accelerated schedule, and this week, by Jap account, an amphibious force was off the Kerama Islands, within sight of Okinawa, within 400 miles of Kyushu....

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