JAPAN: An End to Toadying

One of the unhappiest of those who were waiting for bombs in London last week was little Japanese Ambassador Mamoru Shigemitsu. One reason he was unhappy was because he knew all about bombs. On the morning of April 29, 1932, an insurgent Korean rushed a grandstand in Shanghai's Hongkew Park, where Japanese were celebrating the Emperor's birthday, and threw a "thermos bottle" into the crowd. The thermos exploded, and Mamoru Shigemitsu (then Minister to China) got 32 splinters in his leg. A week later, in a hospital bed, he signed the agreement...

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