Were the Japanese growing weary of war and content with their victories? A Navy spokesman in Tokyo implied as much, warning them against sloth, needling them to further effort.
Were they groggy? U.S. and Australian bombers continued to destroy their shipping, planes and troops in the islands off northern Australia. Toward the mainland, the Japanese last week made no moves except sporadic, ineffectual air raids on the north coast.
Perhaps Berlin and Tokyo, hoping to lull Australia and the U.S., had planted the signs that the Japs were fattening and slowing. If so, they failed to lull General Douglas MacArthur.
General MacArthurs first...