Hissing politely, hat in hand, hundreds of worried Japanese citizens stopped everyone who looked to them like a U. S. citizen on the streets of Tokyo last week to offer their personal apologies for the sinking of the U. S. gunboat Panay (TIME, Dec. 20). This latest outburst of runaway Japanese militarism gave the Japanese public a sudden revealing picture of the irresponsibility of Japanese officers in China, and threatened to do the one thing that intelligent Japanese statesmen fear—drive the U. S. to take forceful action.

Japan's Navy Minister, Admiral Mitsumasa...

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