Foreign News: Vastly Improved

His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor Yoshihito Haru-no-miya of Japan, 47, father of four of the world's most athletically potent princes (see above), was reported last week to have suffered two more fainting spells at the imperial seaside villa near Hayama.

His Majesty, pale and quivering, regained consciousness almost at once. His physicians, recalling the Emperor's several prolonged fainting spells earlier in the summer issued an official bulletin declaring his health "vastly improved."

No living monarch, it is certain, has fought a harder fight for health or been more cruelly defeated. As a child Yoshihito...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!