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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!