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120419-0040 - Political Enforcers


Tokyo Meiji 1890s Georges Bigot
Two political enforcers waiting in front of parliament while a police officer looks on. Published in the British weekly illustrated newspaper The Graphic on April 15, 1893 (Meiji 26).

Original text: “Soshi (壮士, men paid by politicians to defend a cause by physical force) watching the deputies at the exit of the Parliament House.”
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