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JAPAN: I Shall Return

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One day last week Professor Yasumaro Shimojo walked into a large, dirty classroom at Nippon University in Tokyo. Grey old Shimojo had just been named Education Minister in Premier Shigeru Yoshida’s precarious new cabinet.

Surveying his class in political economy, Shimojo gave his 30 students a lesson in practical politics: “Public opinion predicts that the Yoshida government will be short-lived. Therefore after about three months I shall return.”

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