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Jtf AIR Sudden Blow Promised Against Allies N.Z. Press Association— Convrie-ht Rec. 1.30 p.m. NEW YORK July 2 0 Tokyo radio quotes Admiral Takahashi, former naval commander-in-chief, as saying: "The Japanese Navy remains unshaken and will soon go into action. The day of victory is rapidly approaching Japan's air arm is being withheld until the right moment arrives then, together with the surface Sow" UnleaSh that las t

Admiral Takahashi conceded that Japan could not now use her surface forces, independently except in suicidal actions, because of American air superiority, and pointed out the reverse was true early in the war when Japan was

able to chase the enemy as far as Hawaii .and Australia. The earlysuccesses were possible because Japan's main naval strength—her air force strength — ■ had overwhelmed the enemy air power. With the Japanese.Navy now in a similar situation, Japan was obliged to rely on air and sea suicide missions in order gradually to snatch away the enemy's air and sea supremacy. The radio broadcast two versions of Admiral Takahashi's article—one a promised sudden blow against the Allies and the other for home front listeners. He admitted the Japanese Navy's cautious tactics were dictated by Allied sea and air superiority, but he promised this advantage would be gradually whittled down.

Admiral Takahashi emphasised that air strength had entirely changed the status of a combined fleet, reducing a. battleship to a mere auxiliary, and added that as long as the air force, which was the main strength, was sound and healthy the navy's present inability to fight did not matter.

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FRANK ADMISSION OF JAP WEAKNESS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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FRANK ADMISSION OF JAP WEAKNESS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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