Foreign News: Democracy

His Imperial Highness, Prince Kunihisa Kuni, at his own request, was divorced by royal command from his Imperial rank. He is now a commoner and will henceforth be known as Marquis Kuni.

The Marquis Kuni is a brother of Princess Nagako, who may one day be Empress of Japan, being at pres-ent the bride-elect of Prince Regent Hirohito. The royal wedding was postponed at the time of the recent earthquake (TIME, Sept. 17).

The voluntary relinquishment of royal title was said to be an act without precedent in the history of Japan.


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