National Geographic : 1942 Aug
Unknown Japan acquired from ancient China (page 251). On still evenings he stood moon-gazing, or listening to the drowsy crick-crick of the crick ets, or the clear notes of the uguisu, Japanese nightingale. Mouthpiece of the Militarists He did not seem one to set the world on fire. Yet that is what he has done-or, rather, it has been done in his name. The mili tarist leaders have used him as the rallying point of Japanese loy alties. It is much easier for their people tobeloyaltoaper son than to a cause. The farm boy who has been made a soldier does not care a rap about conquering India or Australia. The "new order" leaves him cold. But he will die willingly for his Emperor. When the militarists dream of any new con quests, all they need to say is, "This is the Emperor's wish." The Emperor is not permitted to speak for himself. Indeed, the With a Small Stick the "Takajo" Preens His Goshawk's Feathers From the falconer's waist hangs a small basket filled with pigeon meat, food for the hawk. Like many other arts, the Japanese acquired falconry from ancient China. The sport is reserved for members of the imperial household. royal recluse is not even allowed to have a telephone. He is reported as saying whatever the Army wishes him to say-and the people obey without question. It is this passionate loyalty of a mis guided people that is our greatest peril in the Pacific. Japan's Achilles' Heel Along with the danger that we will under rate the fanaticism, will to win, and ability of our enemy is the lesser danger that some of us will go to the other extreme and over rate Japan. Therefore, let us look for a moment at a few of her weaknesses. I have already spoken of the vulnerability of her industrial districts to air attack. But there are more subtle ways in which Japan is vulnerable. One is that she, too, has made the mistake of underestimating her enemy. She recog nizes America's wealth. But she believes that this wealth has sapped the energy of the nation. Another dangerous delusion of the Japanese militarists is the notion that they cannot lose. They have fought three great wars and won them all. The progress of this war, too, has encouraged them to believe that they are superhuman and invincible. That fact makes them vulnerable.