Just before they let it be known that they wanted to negotiate with the U.S. for two more weeks (see p. 16), the Japanese had been acting particularly tough.
Said Premier General Hideki Tojo: "Britain and the United States desire to fish in troubled waters of East Asia. . . .
For the honor and pride of mankind, we must purge this sort of practice from East Asia with a vengeance."
Said Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo: "The United States ... is trying forcibly to apply to East Asiatic countries fantastic principles and rules not adapted to the actual situation."
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