A broad-faced Oriental sea dog with quarter-deck manners and a likeable grin brought Japan's naval disarmament plan to Geneva last week. The plan as explained by its cheerful custodian, Vice-Admiral Osami Nagano, is crisp, direct, simple and quite as much a credit to its authors as other plans thus far presented at the Conference. Ticking off its points on his knobby fingers, Admiral Nagano said that Japan asks:

1) Abolition of aircraft carriers and of flying-decks on capital ships.

2) Retention of shortrange, coast defense submarines and scrapping of long-range cruising submarines.

3) Reduction...

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