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Iwane Matsui

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Japan will not abandon the fight for the Philippines even if Tokyo should be reduced to ashes!
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Quoted in "Nips to Keep Philippines Even if Tokyo Falls" - Los Angeles Times - February 4, 1945

 
Iwane Matsui

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