JAPAN: Ronoto

A political thunderbolt, craftily prepared, was hurled by Prime Minister Baron Giichi Tanaka, last week, in an effort to weaken the Opposition parties by discrediting their extreme left wing, the Ronoto or Farmer-Laborites. The vital import of the Ronoto is that its two Deputies give the Opposition a theoretical plurality of two over the Government parties, in the newly elected Diet (TIME, March 5) which will shortly assemble. Numbers: Opposition, including Ronoto, 228; Government, 226; and Independents, 11.

First thunders against the Ronoto came, last week, in an announcement from the Ministry of Justice. This states that the Imperial Police...

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