JAPAN: Saionji to the Rescue?

To avert an overthrow of the Japanese Constitution, an upset which loomed as a distinct possibility, the aged Prince Saionji came clop-clopping on his wooden sandals back into Japan's political arena last week. Crisis factors which perplexed this last of the Genro or "Elder Statesmen" and made Prince Saionji delay for three whole days his advice to the Sublime Emperor included:

1) Japan's majority farmer class has been suffering for more than a decade from chronic low agricultural prices, and 75% of the Japanese Army personnel are farmers' sons. Thus the peasantry and...

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