Sixty-seven years ago today Secretary of State Cordell Hull called diplomats from England, China, Australia, and Holland into his office for a chat about those annoying Japanese. Hirohito's lads wanted a lot of American oil, scrap metal, and respect. Hull explained to his guests the Roosevelt-Hull scheme to give them a little of the first two and to pretend to give them a lot of the third; save their little oriental faces if we have to, just keep them quiet until MacArthur is ready (hah!).
Meanwhile, aboard "Akagi," anchored in the bay of Etorofu, a thousand miles north of Tokyo, swab jockies turned to and made the pilots' area shine. Party time tomorrow, Baby-san!