Nothing happened in Japan to make news last week, and this in itself was news.

So suspicious was the silence of a naturally talkative officialdom that New York Times Correspondent Otto D. Tolischus went burrowing for the reason. He discovered that behind the scenes Japanese statesmen, politicians, businessmen and Army & Navy bigwigs were heatedly debating the issue of war or peace with the U.S.

Legalistically, the issue is this: if the U.S. convoys war materials to Britain, is this an "attack" on Germany, the nation whom Japan has agreed to defend in case of attack? Foreign Minister...

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