Another View of Japan


Behind the conflict in Asia(その3)

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It is doubtless true that at the present time military men are of more influence in the Japanese government than business or professional men. This is no more than natural, considering that the nation is involved in a major military conflict, and is a condition that occurs in any country in war time. It was true here in America during the World War, as it was of course in England and France.



Therefore, while I do not elect to assume the role of prophet, I believe it is safe to say that once the emergency is over, the predominant influence of military men in Japan will subside and the business and professional man again will take his customary place and exercise his customary influence.





Incidentally, it seems worthy to be remarked that the people who have been assuring us that Chiang Kai-shek is a splendid democrat, and his regime a democracy, are the self-same people who up to Chiang’s kidnapping in December, 1936, were berating him as a “Fascist” and denouncing his government as a “Fascist Dictatorship.” Only after he had bailed himself out of captivity, by joining with the Communists in their fight on Japan, did he suddenly cease to be a brutal fascist and become a benevolent democratic ruler.



No miracle was ever more miraculous than the transformation that takes place when an important non-Communist joins the Communists or accepts their programme. I might add that there is one infallible test, from the Communist standpoint, for determining whether or not a nation is democratic. If it is on the side of Soviet Russia, it is. If not, it isn’t. Nothing could be simpler.