Foreign News: The Law

In 1590 Galileo stood on a balcony of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and demonstrated that things of different weight fall at the same rate, that whatever is dropped first lands first. A similar law governs naval races. Nations which start in front tend to stay there. So when Japan last week announced that within six years she planned to have a fleet "equal to that of the strongest naval power," no one took her very literally.

The new plan, as outlined to the Tokyo Diet's Budget Committee by Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai, will provide $329,177,940 over a period of six years to...

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