Give me a Japanese division armed with bamboo spears and I’ll wipe out the entire Russian Far Eastern Army.
In order to have enough of the raw materials…which will be lacking in wartime, we should plan to acquire and use foreign resources existing in our expected sphere of influence, such as Sakhalim, China, and the Southern Pacific.
If we have a thousand bamboo spears, there’s nothing to worry about a war with the Soviet Union.
Frivolous thinking is due to foreign thought. Japan must no longer let the impudence of the white peoples go unpunished. It is the duty of Japan to fulfill her natural destiny, to cause China to respect the Japanese, to expel Chinese influence from Manchuria, and to follow the way of imperial destiny.
Unless you remove the weeds, a good crop will be ruined.
In appointing our Ambassador to the United States at this important time, with the 1936 crisis ahead, such considerations as dignity, past career, equity and sentiment must be discarded and a man of ability chosen in the interests of the country. In the light of these considerations, we find Hiroshi Saito, present Minister of Holland, the right person for the post.
It is now time for our nation to frustrate the wild dreams of the whites.
I ask you to remember that the Japanese troops are a strictly disciplined force and perform their duties with as little harmfulness as possible.
The foundations of our Empire are now based more firmly than ever! The birth of a Crown Prince shows that the prosperity of the Imperial Household is increasing many times.
Let the League of Nations say whatever it pleases, let America offer whatever interference, let China decry Japan’s action at the top of her voice, but Japan must adhere to her course unswervingly.
What sort of government is it that permits so many children to go to school hungry, without even a morsel of food in their stomachs? It cannot be! It must not be!
We have no hesitation in declaring that we are a military nation- in the cause of Kodo and the highest morality.
The spirit of the Japanese nation is, by its nature, a thing that must be propagated over the seven seas and extended over the five continents. Anything that may hinder its progress must be abolished, even by force.
A war minister is able to force the adoption of any measure desired by the Camp or to block any measure that meets his disapproval.
According to our belief, Japan was founded by the Sun Goddess Amaterasu Omikami, who is revered by the entire nation for her all-pervading virtue, and from whom our Imperial House is descended.
Now the opportunity to destroy the USSR has arrived.
It is Japan’s mission to be supreme in Asia, the South Seas and eventually the four corners of the world.