JAPAN: Soldiers' Proposal

The single-minded aristocrats who officer the Japanese Army made odd alliance three years ago with Japan's Depression-ridden farmers, whose sons happen to fill the Army ranks. Farmers and officers, both poor and oldfashioned, unite in hating all that Westernization has brought Japan except the guns. They hate democracy, free capitalism, politics, graft, social unrest. Without claiming to know much about economics, they feel that Japan could have both low taxes for farmers and a huge defense budget. Let the Emperor bleed the capitalists! Last week with conspiratorial secrecy, the officers rushed through...

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