There is a distinct possibility that before long Japan may once again possess a Navy, an Army, and possibly even an Air Force.
The above statement represents one horn of a dilemma which, through the increasingly unfortunate trend of events, is speedily forcing itself upon the United States. It is becoming manifestly evident that if we are to retain securely Japan and our other Far Eastern bases we must soon make a great decision. Either we must defend all of these bases, including Japan, ourselves, supplying all the men, guns, planes, tanks and ships to do so, or we must, to some extent at least, permit Japan to rearm and to assume part of the burden. The first course, if taken, may prove extremely expensive and may involve a tremendous drain on our already extended military and economic resources, while the alternative may prove to be the resurrection of a monster, now dead.
The opinions or assertions in this article are the private ones of the author, and are not to he construed as official or reflecting the views of the Navy Department or the naval service at large.