JAPAN: Thoughts on the War

From the 13,243 Japanese civilians captured on Saipan last summer, U.S. soldiers picked 500, polled them Gallup fashion. Purpose: to get an approximation of what the Jap in the street thinks about the war, the U.S., democracy.

¶ 412 of the 500 thought that, industrially, the U.S. is stronger than Japan, but that Japan is stronger "spiritually." Three hundred and thirty thought Americans "soft, luxury-loving, rich, spiritually weak."

¶ More than half of the 500 believed that the Japanese Navy is the most powerful in the world. One hundred believed that the U. S. Navy has been sunk.

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