JAPAN: The Plan

In dead of night at Tokyo last week, highest army, navy and Cabinet bigwigs met and went secretly to see Emperor Hirohito in his moat-encircled castle. They clattered over the ancient drawbridge at 1:30 a. m., bound for the sixth Imperial Conference since the founding of the present Japanese Constitutional Empire. About noon the statesmen dispersed but not until late afternoon was the Japanese public permitted to know what had taken place.

Then Mr. Akira Kazami, chief secretary to the Japanese Cabinet, disclosed only that the Imperial Conference had "deliberated carefully...

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