JAPAN: That Certain Party

In Japan last week appeared what looked like another attempt at a single, totalitarian, political party. The first such attempt, formed after the dissolving of previous parties in 1940, was the Imperial Rule Assistance Association. But it included too many disputatious, old-line politicos to achieve any real unity.

The new National Service Political Council, composed of 932 rather than several thousands, seemed to stand a more practical chance. And if the announced members of the governing board had their way, lingering objectors to Japan's war (TIME, May 18) would stand no chance at all. Among the governors:

> Council President General...

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