JAPAN: Heroes, Dead & Alive

Martial law was declared in Japan after fanatical junior Army officers assassinated three of Japan's leading statesmen (TIME, March 9). As a sign that martial law continues, the Divine Emperor and Son of Heaven, who prefers mufti, has been wearing nothing but military uniforms ever since. By his command an Extraordinary Court-Martial with unprecedented powers was set up under the presidency of General Count Juichi Terauchi, the new War Minister, to try the assassins. They were denied the right of being defended by lawyers, their trial was secret. Seventeen death sentences were...

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