Doc. No. 6907 the twenty millions of German-descent Americans who were considered to hold an influential position in the United States. War Minister TOJO asserted that "as far as our Army is concerned, only a part of its whole strength would be enough to engage in the event of war with America" and that on this ground there was no cause for concern; that it was necessary to strive in bringing the "China Incident" to an end promptly so that preparation for a worse crisis could be made; that there was a sufficient supply of war materials on hand to cover requirements for a fairly extended period, and that regardless of whether the war lasted for a short or a long period, in his opinion "there will be no alterna¬tive other than to strive for a way out of the desperate situation." Navy Minister OIKAWA asserted that preparation of ships for field operations already had been completed; that war materials, heavy oil in particular, were sufficient in amount to cover operations for a fairly long period; that in the event of wholesale fleet to fleet clashes the present stock of oil would not be exhausted in the course of a half to one year, and that in the event the war is drawn out over a long period the frequency of battles would automatically drop; that no concern was felt in regard to the manpower problem as the Navy personnel is by its very nature limited in its size; that he was confident of winning a short war,