JAPAN: Desperate Activity

Japan's aged (77) Premier Kantaro Suzuki shuffled through a round of desperate political activity. One day he sat through a five-hour emergency session of his Cabinet. The same day he talked long and earnestly with flinty General Jiro Minami, boss of the ultra-totalitarian Political Association of Great Japan. Then he doddered on across the moat of the partly burned Palace to bow low before Emperor Hirohito and make a respectful report. At the Meiji and Yasakuni shrines he prayed for the destruction of his country's enemies. Finally, with the Emperor looking on, he stood before an extraordinary session of the...

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