Courtesy Reuters

WITHIN the last two years the Japanese Privy Council has twice opposed acts of the Cabinet which enjoyed the general support of the Japanese nation. In one case it compelled the Government to repudiate its signature of the clause "in the name of their respective peoples" in the Pact of Paris; in the other it embarrassed the Government by prolonged discussion of its procedure in the signature of the London Naval Treaty. In the former instance a Seiyukai cabinet was the object of attack, in the latter the ministry was Minseito. The Privy Council is no respecter of persons other than the Emperor.

The criticisms of the Privy Council which are voiced almost daily in the Japanese press are part of the aftermath of the manhood suffrage act, but the cue to their current intensity may be found in the extraordinary popularity enjoyed by the Minseito ministry, particularly the confidence

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