JAPAN: Year of Decision

In Chungking last week political experts sipped cups of scalding tea and discussed the possibility of a Japanese peace offensive. Japan's militarists, the Chungkingers reasoned, know that Axis defeat is inevitable, hence hope to drive a bargain with the Allies.

But in Japan, the little people had no hope for peace, did not suspect that in time the United Nations would crash through to their heartland. They knew only that this was the Kessen year, the year of battle decision.

Fortnight ago, Premier General Hideki Tojo told his nation that "there is only a hair's breadth between victory and defeat," warned that...

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