JAPAN: Digressions from Election

Only since 1925 has Japan had what passes in the Empire for "universal manhood suffrage." Last week a few dainty Japanese feminists toddled about the larger cities exhorting men to "Vote, Please!" and wearing scarfs reading not "Votes for Women" but "Pure Election."

Up to last week there had never been a Japanese election in which the party favored by the Government failed to win. After ten years of this, popular apathy was such that in the present general election campaign many candidates rode out to rural constituencies to find the halls hired...

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