JAPAN: Assassins & Premiers

Tokyo was tense last week with citizens in ignorance of behind-the-scenes doings in the grim Oriental tug-of-war be tween Army and Party leaders which upset the Hirota Cabinet (TIME, Feb.1).

Efforts to form a new Cabinet by more or less mild General Kazushige Ugaki, retired, were abandoned after bodyguards of the Premier-Designate had been obliged to fight off last week an especially resolute group of would-be assassins, assumed by the panicky populace to be "regular Army assassins." Only hasty decision at midnight by the Emperor's advisers to have the Son-of-Heaven ask a...

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