National Affairs: Advice to Japan

You are on Hitler's list before us.

That was what Saburo Kurusu was hearing in Washington last week. The Japanese envoy saw Secretary Hull and then remained in seclusion, less like a diplomat awaiting new orders than like a casualty in the war of nerves. The U.S. suggestion was enough to give any diplomat an attack of nerves: long before Hitler is prepared to take on North America, he must have Japan completely subservient to his will.

No complete list of Japanese proposals reached the public. But it was reported that to most of them—Japanese...

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