JAPAN: Back to the Shogunate?

Back to the Shogunate

Greatest phrasemaker in Japan is Premier Prince Fumimaro Konoye, who invented Japan's vague rationalization for the war in China, "New Order in East Asia." A few months ago he minted another: shintaisei, "new structure."

Every tongue in Japan rolled this Konoyism with great relish, though no one knew precisely what it meant. It was variously used as a sales slogan, an expletive, a philosophic concept, even as an excuse for nonpayment of debts. But the most common interpretation — the one on which Prince Konoye rode to the Premiership in...

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