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  • The declaration closed with a threat of “prompt and utter destruction,” but did not mention two new factors: impending Soviet entry into the war and already-scheduled atomic strikes.17 With the cabinet divided over how to respond, Premier Suzuki used the phrase mokusatsu—he would ignore the declaration, “treat it with silent contempt.”

    How Wars end

  • Prime Minister Suzuki Kantaro, a long time opponent of the war with the United States, had no choice but to declare mokusatsu: contemptuous silence.

    Daniel Bruno Sanz: Bad Dreams From My Grandfather

  • The reviewer chooses to quote a sentence of mine to the effect that the study lacks direct policy implications — and therefore, he implies, it is not worth taking seriously: mokusatsu.

    China Watching

  • a long time opponent of the war with the United States, had no choice but to declare mokusatsu: contemptuous silence.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

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  • I agree, c_b. Usually works much better than contemptuous speech. :-)

    September 18, 2008

  • Blimey, I got there in the end.

    September 18, 2008

  • It's funny how a word can lead to the h-bomb

    September 18, 2008

  • Encouraged and appreciated, esp. because I am going to cultivate the skill of keeping contemptuous silence. It sounds like fun.

    September 18, 2008

  • There is a link, but thanks for providing the definition on this page, which is encouraged and appreciated.

    September 18, 2008

  • Take your time! You can find some tips on features and on faq. And for any question, just ask!

    September 18, 2008

  • Right... So basically there'll already be a link to Wikipedia.

    It's going to take me a while to get used to this...

    September 18, 2008

  • Citation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mokusatsu

    September 18, 2008

  • "the act of keeping a contemptuous silence."

    September 18, 2008