JAPAN: So Delicate Situation

(See Cover) After four debilitating years in China, after failing to take the initiative in the south when The Netherlands Indies were weak, Japan last week appeared to have lost the initiative in her own prolonged war of aggrandizement. It remained to be seen whether the Russo-German campaign would enable her to seize the initiative again.

"If America and the Soviet reach more intimate relations," the editor of Hochi warned the Japanese Government—and Japanese editors rarely talk tough—"the Soviet might offer Vladivostok to America as a joint naval base. . . ....

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