"Information received by the Commerce Department and a series of recent Japanese Government decrees indicated she sorely needs vital raw materials... A national Japanese campaign to collect all metal articles was in full swing during October and November. Even the iron fences around government and large business offices disappeared".
"Since mid-summer, the three major sources of Japan's raw materials - the United States, the Netherlands Indies, and the British Empire - have all been cut off. These three countries previously supplied the bulk of Japan's requirements for scrap and other iron and steel, lead, zinc, aluminium, copper, various ores, tin, machine tools, automotive products, petroleum, wool and raw cotton."
"Japan was this country's ninth best foreign customer in the first six months of this year. Exports to that country totaled $53,032,000. In the same period, the United States imported merchandise valued at $65,648,000."