The Charleston Daily Mail
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA-SATURDAY EVENING-JUNE 9, 1945
Suzuki Voices Desire for Peace on Lenient Terms;
Yanks Burn Out Entrenched Fanatics on Escarpment
Does Away With
Japan's Ruling Diet
SAN FRANCISCO (UP),—
Premier Kantaro Suzuki made a tacit bid today for peace on something less than "unconditional surrender" terms but, admitting: he saw no. prospect of such a development, demanded dictator powers from the parliament to face "the gravest crisis since the forming of the empire.
Suzuki emphasized to the diet (parliament) Japans aspirations for peace, but said that the Allied unconditional surrender left Japan no alternative but a fight "to the very last."
He admitted that Japan must face the prospect of American landings on the homeland Islands,
- In this crisis, Japanese broadcasts reported, the diet was requested lo hand over virtually all its powers and duties to enable the government to rule by emergency.
The request was submitted, to an extraordinary session of the diet today,' the Japanese Domel news Bguzukl rejected unconditional surrender on the grounds It would mean the "complete destruction of Japanese policy and the Japanese race."
Fresh Troops Land
Behind Defense Line
Infantrymen Open Drive to Skirt
East Flank of Japanese Position
GUAM (UP).—Radio Tokyo said today that American troops and tanks have made a new landing on southern Okinawa, presumably behind the last Japanese defense line.
GUAM (UP)—American infantry, attacking with flame throwers and demolition charges today began flanking
defense line on southern Okinawa along the Yaeu-Dake escarpment, which radio Tokyo said was being given "arms and supplys by parachute.
Marines of the first division drove 1,600 yards to the west coast yesterday, sealing off the only, possible escape corridor of Nipponese in the Naha airfield area, where the enemy was cornered by the sixth marine division into a three-square mile trap..
Raid Tolls Heavy;
Honshu Hit Again
Allies Reported Landing Troops
On Island Just Off North Coast
MANILA.—A Japanese broadcast said that Allied troops began landing operations on Labuan island in Brunei bay on the northwest coast of Borneo at 12:30 p. m. today.
French Indo-China Border Town
Falls to Chinese in New Assault
CHUNGKING (AP)—The Chinese high command announced today that Chinese troops had captured a town on the Indo-China border in Kwantsi Province after toppling important highway town of Szelo, 22 miles from the Indo-Chinese frontier.