FROM FEBRUARY 3 TO MARCH 3
Tokyo Assassinations. —A climax of the long series of political assassinations in Japan came on the morning of February 27 when a body of rebellious troops, estimated at not more than 1,000, took possession of government buildings, and their leaders directed murderous attacks on Cabinet officers and other high officials. The four who met their death were the veteran Finance Minister, Viscount Takahashi; General Watanabe, Inspector of Military Training; Viscount Makato Saito, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal; and Colonel Danzo Matsuo. The latter was the brother-in-law and secretary of Premier Okada and was killed by mistake instead of the Premier. While there was apparently no general disaffection within the Army, it was only after a critical period of several days that government forces were able to restore control.