JAPAN: Writher before Wax

Peering through his heavy spectacles, Divine Emperor Hirohito, the Son of Heaven, observed groveling on the matting before him last week his large, old-fashioned War Minister, General Senjuro Hayashi.

Impassive as wax, His Majesty gave ear. There had been another of those patriotic assassinations. The respected Army swordsmanship instructor, Lieut-Colonel Aizawa, after praying devoutly at the Imperial Family's Meiji Shrine, had called on the chief executive officer of the Japanese Army, Lieut-General Tetsuzan Nagata, Director of Military Affairs, and proceeded to run him expertly through...

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