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JAP WAR POLICY

'NO CHANGE' ASSERTED Suzuki Has Absolute Trust In His Strategists N.Z. Press Associaton. —Copyright Rec. 10 a.m. NEW YORK, July 29. The promised radio address by the Japanese Prime Minister, Admiral Suzuki, last evening failed to materialise. American monitors could not hear any further word about it. Tokyo radio says that Suzuki told a Press conference: "Japan will ignore the British, American and Chinese ultimatum, which is merely an expansion of the Cairo Declaration. There is no change whatever in the Government's fundamental war policy."

The Prime Minister was questioned on the bombing and shelling of the homeland, and he said: "I leave this with absolute confidence to our strategists." He added: "The Government will do its utmost to increase food production. The recent 10 per cent ration cut in staple foods has been made to prepare ourselves for a long war." "Japanese aircraft production has exceeded expectations," Suzuki said. "We would have avoided causing much worry to various circles if the production quota had been completed earlier. However, with our underground plants there is no further need for concern."

The Japanese Navy Secretary made a broadcast yesterday entitled "To the Americans." He said it was greatly to be regretted that Japan and the United States should have gone to war with each other, since they had been destined to co-operate for the preservation of peace in the Pacific. His main theme, however, was a complaint about American bombing, which he described as brutal beyond description. It was not, he said, the kind of warfare waged by civilised nations.

General Jiro Minami, president of the Totalitarian Political party, told the Domei news agency that the Japanese nation was ready to talk peace only when the whole of East Asia had been freed from British and American colonial exploitation, and Japan and other nations of the world assured of a peaceful life based on justice and equality.

Tokyo radio stated mat Minami admitted that Japan might bo overwhelmed by armed force, but this would involve the sacrifice of millions of human lives and huge quantities of materials, taxing Allied national resources to breaking point.

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JAP WAR POLICY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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JAP WAR POLICY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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