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    GENERAL MINORU GENDA, RETIRED CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE JAPANESE AIR FORCE AND NOW A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, WAS THE MAN WHO PLANNED THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOUR ON DECEMBER 7, 1941.

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    NAVAL CADETS ATTENDING LECTURE; GENERAL GENDA SPEAKING; AUDIENCE. (NATURAL SOUND ON FILM)



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "WHY DID YOU CONCENTRATE ON HITTING OUR BATTLESHIPS WHEN THERE WAS A SUBMARINE BASE ALSO?"



    ANSWER: "... BUT HOW EFFICIENT! ..."



    (LAUGHTER)



    ... WE - WE TRY TO ATTACK THE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, BUT THERE'S NO AIRCRAFT CARRIERS."



    (LAUGHTER)



    QUESTION: "ANY CONSIDERATION GIVEN FOR MAKING A LANDING IN HAWAII, EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME?"



    ANSWER: "(INDISTINCT) ... PRIOR TO THE OUTBREAK OF THE WAR I RECOMMENDED TO HAVE SOME, TO BRING SOME LANDING FORCES WITH US, BUT IT WAS REJECTED BY HIGHER AUTHORITY."



    QUESTION: "DID YOU FEEL THAT THIS WAS UNFAIR TO USE ATOMIC WEAPONS?"



    ANSWER: "I THINK IT IS IF WE HAD ATOMIC BOMB WE MIGHT USE THAT."



    (LAUGHTER)



    ... (INDISTINCT) ... TO EACH OTHER FOR THE FATE OF THEIR COUNTRY.




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    Background: GENERAL MINORU GENDA, RETIRED CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE JAPANESE AIR FORCE AND NOW A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, WAS THE MAN WHO PLANNED THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOUR ON DECEMBER 7, 1941. ON MONDAY (3 MARCH) HE BEGAN A LECTURE TOUR OF THE U.S.A., BY SPEAKING AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY AT ANNAPOLIS IN MARYLAND.

    GENERAL GENDA, WHO IS 65, IS ON A 21-DAY TOUR OF THE U.S.A. AT ANNAPOLIS HE APPEARED AS A GUEST OF THE NAVAL INSTITUTE, A PRIVATE NAVAL FRATERNITY. THE REST OF HIS TOUR WILL INCLUDE THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THE NAVAL WAR COLLEGE, THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AND DUKE UNIVERSITY.

    THE TOUR HAS BEEN HIGHLY CRITICISED BY MANY GROUPS IN THE U.S., INCLUDING A PROTEST LODGED WITH NAVY SECRETARY JOHN CHAFFEE BY THE SURVIVORS OF PEAL HARBOUR ASSOCIATION. AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY, A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THEY HAD RECEIVED ABOUT 50 LETTERS, A DOZEN TELEGRAMS AND 100 TELEPHONE CALLS - COMPLAINING IN VARYING DEGREES AT THE PRESENCE OF THE GENERAL BEFORE THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SAME NAVY HE HAD TRIED TO DESTROY 27 YEARS AGO. GENERAL GENDA SAID AT A PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE THE LECTURE THAT HE EXPECTED SOME PROTEST, AND ADDED: "WE HAVE SUCH PROTESTS IN JAPAN, AS WELL."
    HE ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE NEGOTIATIONS OF THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN SECURITY PACT WHICH EXPIRES NEXT YEAR. SOME SENTIMENT IN HIS COUNTRY LIES IN FAVOUR OF WITHDRAWING FROM THE PACT, BUT MET PERSONALLY IS STRONGLY IN FAVOUR OF ITS CONTINUANCE. HE ADDED: "JAPAN SHOULD BECOME MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR PRESERVING PEACE IN THE FAR EAST, AND SHOULD CHANGE HER WAYS OF THINKING TOWARDS SECURITY IN THE FAR EAST ... JAPAN OWES MANY THINGS TO THE U.S. FLEET - ESPECIALLY THE 7TH FLEET - IN THE FAR EAST."
    AT THE END OF HIS LECTURE AT ANNAPOLIS, GENERAL GENDA ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM HIS AUDIENCE ON THE PEARL HARBOUR ATTACK:

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    Film ID:
    VLVACIU6D4V0H4KCO4GEBB2DNI9S0
    Media URN:
    VLVACIU6D4V0H4KCO4GEBB2DNI9S0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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