JAPAN: Southward Ho?

One day last week, in the midst of feverish preparations for war, the Cabinet of Premier Prince Fumimaro Konoye suddenly resigned. "Filled with trepidation" (according to polite formula), Prince Konoye backed out of the presence of Emperor Hirohito with orders to continue the administration of affairs until a successor could be found. While foreign correspondents in Tokyo were trying desperately to puzzle out what this meant, just as suddenly Prince Konoye emerged as his own successor, threw together a new Cabinet. "I am struck with a sense of great awe," observed Prince Konoye with high humor, "because of my poor...

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