JAPAN: Hardest Hit

First Japanese reactions to the German-Russian Pact were complete bewilderment. Cabinet Ministers began the routine of hurried calls—on each other, on the Premier, on privy councilors, on the Emperor —which invariably accompany important Japanese decisions and invariably give rise to rumors that the Cabinet will fall. Foreign Minister Hachiro Arita, who had many a time publicly plumed himself on having accomplished the Anti-Comintern Pact, was busy word-swallowing; Premier Baron Kiichiro Hiranuma, who came to power last January because he had Fascist leanings, looked as if he would topple over when his...

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