JAPAN: Suspense

Japanese were apprehensive, last week, as there assembled for the first time the newly elected Imperial Diet (TIME, March 5). So closely are the two major factions* matched in strength, that it seemed impossible for the Prime Minister, doughty General Baron Güchi Tanaka, to command a majority.

Suspense became taut as the Government presented their candidate for Speaker. He won by the narrow squeak of 230 to 228 and, for the time being, saved the Cabinet.

*Seiyukai (Government) and Minseito (Opposition).

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