JAPAN: Telephone Cabinet

Parliamentary government replaced feudalism in Japan in 1890. The new system creaked along until 1932 when Japanese Army officers put an end to party government by killing Ki Inukai, the last party Premier. The Japanese Army has dominated every Tokyo Cabinet since the outbreak of the Manchurian War (September 1931).

Handlebar-mustached Senjuro Hayashi, leader of the "Gold Braid Cabinet" of generals and admirals which took office last January, was Japan's No. 1 exponent of military aggressiveness. In four short months the gold braids outraged the civilian party politicians, high-handedly suspended the Diet's...

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