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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, April 24, 1974 LETHBRIDQf HERALD-47 Japan's militarism revival possible Just pawing around Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling, the National Zoo's Giant Pandas have some fun together for the first time in their play yard in Washington. Scientists hope the pair will produce the first captive offspring outside the People's Republic of China. France finds a new role PARIS (CP) France nas found a new international role for the sales. It is estimated that French arms sales to foreign countries reached 8.4 billion francs in 1973, or about billion between seven and eight per cent of the country's exports. The world's third-largest exporter of military materiel" behind the United States and the Soviet Union and followed closely by Britain, France owes most of its success to its F tonalities industry. Wth its Mirage bombers and interceptors capable of competing with American Phantoms and Soviet MiGs, France has, in three years, broken the British-American monopoly on arms sales in the Persian Gulf and shaken American predominance in Latin America. French Mirages now leave their contrails in the skies of five continents, notably in the Middle East, where their pen- etration was greatly facilitated by the Arab and Medi- terranean policies of President Georges Pompidou. Almost two-thirds of the Mirages produced last year, 826 planes, were sold to 15 foreign countries, including Switzer- land, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Israel, Libya, Lebanon and Pakistan. The rest, 569 planes, were ordered by the French air force. In the last six months, Saudi Arabia and Zaire have become new purchasers of the Mirage. Other Middle East and African countries are planning to increase their forces or buy Mirages for the first time. Reservists named for Mideast duty OTTAWA (CP) A foot sol- dier, a driver, a guard, a cook, a radio operator and a store- man will be the first reservists to be sent to the Middle East to serve with Canadian United Nations troops. The defence department an- nounced here that the six are among a group selected from 633 applications from part-time soldiers to serve for six months with the-United Nations Emergency Force It was announced some time ago that the armed forces hoped to attract about 110 re- servists to serve with UNEF. The objective is to have the reservist gain experience that could be passed on to other re- servists. Canada has men serving in a support role with UNEF. in the Mideast. The six reservists, all from the Atlantic provinces, are in five weeks training at Camp Gagetown, N.B. They will fly to Cairo May 14. Later two naval reservists, from the Atlantic provinces, will fly to Cairo, followed by four members of the commu- nications reserve. The defence department said that by May next year it is expected that 190 reservists will have served or will be serving in UNEF. The men are selected on the. basis of over-all qualifications, age, rank, and reserve experience. Training will be conducted at Petawawa, Ont., Valcartier, Que., and Calgary as well as at Gagetown. The "six forennners of re- serve participation are: Pte. J. K. Dillon, St. John's, Nfld., an infantryman; Cpl. S. E. Ellis, Sydney, N.S., a driver; Cpl. J. A. Lawlor, Charlotte- town, who will serve as a guard; Pte. L. J. Noel, Saint John, N.B., a cook; Pte. J. R. Purvis, Aldershot, N.S. a radio operator; Pte. R. D. Swiminer, Halifax, a storeman. They will be followed by PO R. E. Godding, Halifax, a clerk; and LS H. J. Ford, St. John's, a radio technician. ARTIFICIAL LIMBS ADVICE AVAILABLE OTTAWA (CP) Advice on newest developments of arti- ficial limbs will be available to civilian amputees through a program endorsed here by the War Amputations of Canada. "This program has been instituted due to the lack, in Canada, of one central source which can disseminate up-to-date data on new prostheses to Canadian said national president Keith Butler of the War Amputations. A study done by the association this year showed that many civilian amputees were not aware of the much-improved limbs available for import into Canada. The study also showed that the technology of artificial limbs has advanced more in the last five years than in the previous 50. A quarterly newsletter will be issued by the association to keep civilian amputees, hospitals and rehabilitation centres, and the orthopedic profession informed of new developments. By TAKASHI OKA FUKUOKA "War song No. 126 'Cherry Blossom the white- uniformed, drooping- moustachioed petty officer shouted through his megaphone. The dozen or so mostly young men he addressed, seated at the counter of the shipshape cafe, dutifully rustled through their little booklets. With the petty officer and his two assistants leading the singing, they burst into the strains of "You and I, classmates, we, .cherry blossoms from the same tree, if fall we must, for country's sake, scatter we our petals splendidly." This was Anchor, the war- song cafe established in one of Japan's traditional centres of nationalism by ex-Petty Officer Shigeki Anzai. Most of the customers sipping beverages or munching hardtack would not even have been born during those far-off days of Pearl Harbor or the battle of Okinawa. Yet they raised their voices as lustily as did the two or three older men among them. Fukuoka, and indeed the whole southern island of Kyushu, used to be one of the centres of the Amur secret group (more picturesquely known as the Black Dragon) led by those who believed that Japan's lifeline lay along the Amur River, dividing China from Czarist, Russia. Even today this region is one of the prime recruiting grounds for Japan's all- volunteer Self-Defence Force, the army-that-is-hot-an-army, built up by the Tokyo government to conform with the post-war constitution ban on "land, sea, and air forces and other war potential." The possible revival of Japanese militarism has been a topic in newspaper headlines since the hero's welcome accorded in mid-March to former Lieut. Yoshiro Onoda, who surrendered and returned to Japan after 30 years hiding as a guerrilla-type spy on Lubang Island in the Philippines. The militarism problem is complex. Anyone who sees a potential kamikaze glowering from under every neatly brushed and pomaded Japanese head has only to come to a cafe like Anchor to note the great gap that divides the peaceful, profit-oriented consumer society of today from the desperate, supercharged atmosphere of the 1930's that preceded Pearl Harbor and Corregidor. "Curiosity is what brought me said a young man laughingly struggling into a Second World War pilot's uniform to be photographed alongside a .comrade sporting the once-dreaded armband of the Kempeitai (military police) and a girl companion in the baggy blouse and drooping skirt of a Navy nurse. "Lieut. Onoda? I admire his tenacity in sticking it out in the jungle like that and in refusing to come out until he got specific orders from his former commanding said another. "But I couldn't do what he did. I admit, I wouldn't have the guts. Neither would I have the stupidity." PRE-WAR RIVALRY Mr. Anzai, owner of the cafe, had an answer that recalled the intense Army- Navy rivalry of pre-war and wartime days: "Yes, I do respect Mr. he said. "But, of course, if he'd been in the Navy, he'd never have done such a thing. To stick literally like that to my mind, that's being too much of a stonehead." The older men at the cafe took a somewhat different attitude: "The fact that he chose to stay there in the jungle so long, in obedience to what he thought were his orders very said one veteran of battles in China and the Pacific. "Japan is at peace today, but we do still need that sense of discipline and that tenacity of purpose." "Are you ever nostalgic about your wartime the older man was asked. "Ohe he replied. "That's one reason I stop by here once in sing old songs and lose myself in memories. But that doesn't mean I enjoyed the war, or military life. "Do you he went on, "there was a group of us officers and men who used to meet at an inn on our days off. We had an agreement that as soon as we got to the inn we would take off our uniforms and slip into kimonos. It was only for a couple of hours, but for that length of time no one was an officer, no one a private. Looking back I suppose you could say that was our way of asserting ourselves as human beings." 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