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'JAPANESE OFFENSIVE Leaving AH In Hands Of The Supreme One N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. noon. NEW YORK, Aug. 12. The Japanese Domei news agency broadcast the following communique but shortly afterwards retracted it without explanation: "In response to an Imperial command to defend the Empire, the Imperial Army and Navy began an offensive on all fronts against enemy Allied armies." "The Japanese people are busily and eagerly engaged in their daily tasks, leaving everything in the hands of the Supreme One for better or worse," said Isamu Onouye, overseas chief of the Domei agency, in a broadcast to Japanese in North America. "There is no Badoglio in Japanese because we have a Supreme One above us," said Onouye, in an oblique reference to the surrender of Italy. "Our people are looking upon the Supreme One and according to his will they will settle all problems, even if their very lives are at stake, without the slightest regret." Onouye urged the Japanese in North America not to worry, and added: "The people of your Fatherland continue to live and continue to fight. Be it in peace or in war, they will most likely continue to live and continue to fight." Onouye contended that, while the inhuman effects of the atomic bomb were not as great as the Americans reported, the number of deaths was unexpectedly small contrasted with the extent of the damage. Must Share Responsibility Tokyo radio broadcast editorial extracts froni Japanese newspapers. The Yomiuri Shimbun said: "All wishful thinking must be eliminated."

The Shimbun said: "All Japanese should share the responsibility of the present crisis and nojt blame each other."

The Nippon Sangyo Keizai commented: "The Japanese must not sacrifice the future of the race by being swayed by transitory sentimental feelings."

The Mainichi Shimbun, in an article mentioning the importance of the Royal House, said: "All share the ■ fervent desire to ease His Majesty's mind by quickly accomplishing whatever is troubling the Emperor."

Tokyo radio says the article in the Mainichi Shimbun was written by Dr. Hozumi, a nephew of Baron Shigeto. Dr. Hozumi is Lord Steward to the Crown Prince.

Tokyo radio says the Domei news agency has ordered the heads of its branches throughout the Orient to stand by for a possible emergency transmission of news throughout next week.

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SURPRISE BRADCAST PROMPTLY RETRACTED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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SURPRISE BRADCAST PROMPTLY RETRACTED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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