JAPAN: Sato, Seaman, Geisha

As trim and whip-smart a little Japanese diplomat as the Empire could wish is Mr. Naotake Sato. In Tokyo his official rating was Ambassador to France last week, when suddenly he became Foreign Minister. Mr. Sato is emphatically a civilian, whereas the point of view of General-Premier Senjuro Hayashi's new "Gold Braid Cabinet" is extremely militarist (TIME, Feb. 22 et seq.), but the new Foreign Minister quickly made an adroit move. His civilian predecessors at the Foreign Office have tried to attend to their job as though the Japanese Cabinet was like any...

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