"Before the military clique started the war, the following commodities could be bought with 10 Yen in Showa 5 (1930); 45 liters of high quality rice, textiles for summer clothing for eight persons, four bales of charcoal. The following commodities could be bought just after the China incident in Showa 12 (1937); 45 liters of high quality rice, textiles for summer clothing for five persons, 2 1/2 bales of charcoal. Today (1945), three years after you have fought a hopeless war against the world's strongest country, the following commodities can be bought for 10 Yen; 2.16 liters of high quality rice on the black market, a small amount of charcoal (if obtainable), no cotton material for clothes. These are the results of the mutual properity your leaders told you about!"

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