National Affairs: Cinch

"In appointing our Ambassador to the United States at this important time," said General Sadao Araki last December before he retired as Japan's sword-rattling War Minister, "with the 1936 crisis ahead, such considerations as dignity, past career, equity and sentiment must be discarded and a man of ability chosen in the interests of the country."

The man chosen was 47-year-old Hiroshi Saito. In Washington his big job was to keep the U. S. at least as friendly toward Japan as toward Russia if and when a second Russo-Japanese War breaks. He, with his...

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