Remembrance Worries Crept over Me

A 22-year-old navy first lieutenant when war broke out, he was Prime Minister of Japan from 1982 to 1987.

I was aboard a transport in the Palau Islands, waiting for word to go to the Philippines. When I heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I felt glad that we had won the first strike. At the same time, worries crept over me like a black cloud: if the U.S. really fought back, Japan might lose.

On Dec. 20 we landed in Davao on Mindanao Island and took the airport. On Jan. 24, 1942, we arrived at Balikpapan on Borneo in...

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