On August 4, at 3:46 AM JST, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Ozawa and Hatoyama were scheming to bring down Kan.
“Ozawa is said to have told his supporters that a turning point may come around midmonth,” said the newspaper. “Hatoyama, meanwhile, has been heard saying that the next week to 10 days will be critical.”
Remember, by this time, the West wanted Kan removed. Kan was a lame duck. Japan would do nothing the West wanted while he remained in power. The West was sick and tired of watching Japan perform political theater. They were sick and tired of watching Japan seikei bunri her way to an all mighty East Asia Community.
But Japan would not get rid of Kan for nothing. America would have to do something that Japan wanted. Presumably, that meant America would have to provide me with a copy of NSC 13/3 by the middle of the month.