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Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. The view that Japan was restraining herself for a last desperate, suicidal effort, was expressed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, in his speech on the New Zealand war effort in the House of Representatives last night.

Mr. Fraser said it was possible at the moment to take too pessimistic a view of the Japanese war and he had also heard considered were too optimistic views. It was difficult, if possible, to get an accurate perspective. At the moment the signs were good. The fact that American and British ships could bombard the coast of the main Japanese islands without retaliation to any extent from land, sea or air might be an indication of an exhausted force, but, he thought, it was an indication of a nation restraining itself for its last desperate suicidal effort.

The latest and most authoritative information in round figures was that Japan still had 4,579,000 troops at its disposal. But, thank heavens, said Mr. Fraser, they were spread out. The tentacles of the octopus had spread out and had not been kept wrapped around the body, and it might be possible for the Allied forces to strike at the heart of the octopus with the result that many of the remaining tentacles would fall off. He hoped that would come about.

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"SIGNS GOOD", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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"SIGNS GOOD" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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