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Japan would have to sink enemy ships faster than they were built, so as to stop the enemy from advancing. Especially aircraft carriers, for without them the Americans would have no air cover for further amphibious movements. But the young inventors got nowhere with their plan. The Naval General Staff refused even to look at diagrams and sketches of a weapon so fantastic. Kuroki and Nishina argued their plan with everyone they could engage in conversation. "We do not understand why our scheme is rejected," they would say.
En route to Ulithi he painted an excellent picture of an American aircraft carrier, breaking in half THE FIRST KAITEN MISSION 47 and sinking as a kaiten exploded in its vitals. Lieutenant Nishina, Lieutenant Fukuda and Ensign Sato were happy to autograph it for him. Good news came by radio to 1-36 and 1-47 on November 17. The day before a high altitude reconnaissance plane from Truk had made a report on enemy ships present at Ulithi. The enemy fleet was massed inside the lagoon, in three groups.
These tests provided power, speed and range data. The island of Oshima, well south of Tokyo Bay, provided the perfect place for checking the Model 93 's depth-setting mechanism. Though Oshima was a popular tourist spot ^known especially for the active volcano Mihara, into which troubled lovers often leaped one side of it was a sheer, deserted coastline which rose up sharply from the sea. Torpedoes fired against these perpendicular cliffs could not be heard elsewhere on the island, and Navy divers went to recheck every shot, to make sure it struck at the distance below the surface for which it had been set.