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Japan's Premier Hideki Tojo had concluded that Japan was no longer able to hold the Palaus against growing Allied naval dominance in the Western Pacific. Instead, he had decided to sell the Palaus to the United States at the highest possible cost to Americans in blood and time. He ordered Inoue to take his division to the Palaus, to take command of all Japanese forces there, and to defend the Palau Islands as long as possible, denying its use to the Americans-and killing as many as possible in the undertaking.As his division sailed to the Palaus, Inoue flew ahead, reconnoitered his new locale by air for two days, and concluded that Peleliu (with satellite air strips on Angaur and Ngesebus) was the key to his defenses.

Gordon D.Gayle:The Marines at Peleliu

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Overview: Palau


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Key Facts
Official name: Belu'u era Belau (Republic of Palau)
Head of State: President Tommy Remengesau (Junior) (from 15 Jan 2013)
Head of government: President Tommy Remengesau (from 15 Jan 2013)
Ruling party: Members of the national congress sit as independents
Area: 380 square km
Population: 18,000 (2014)*
Capital: Melekeok, on Ngerekebesand Island, since 2006 (Koror: commercial centre)
Official language: English on all islands; there are four officially recognised dialects (Palauan, Sonsoralese, Tobi, Angaur – on Angaur, Japanese is also included as official)
Currency: US dollar (US$) = 100 cents
GDP per capita: US$15,210 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 7.95% (2014)*
GDP: US$269.00 million (2014)*
Inflation: 4.00% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$132.13 million (2013)
Foreign debt: US$80.00 million (2012)
* estimated figure


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