JAPAN: Empire Game

All the pieces were on the board for a new game of Empire, and Japan was pleased. In Tokyo, Prince Fumimaro Konoye sat with his new and venturesome military Cabinet, without the embarrassing presence of Yosuke Matsuoka, who had guessed wrong about German-Soviet relations. In Russia the bulk of the Red Army was anchored a comfortable 4,500 miles away from the Amur River and Vladivostok. Hitler's public-address system in Vichy had been tested, echoed his every word with admirable fidelity. Steaming south, somewhere in the China Sea, were warships of Japan's Fleet,...

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