JAPAN: Tempestuous Brazilian

Throngs of Japanese patriots surged excitedly about the great gates of the Imperial Akasaka Palace at Tokyo. Slowly the gates expanded, and amid much rat-tat-ting of drums the Imperial Mounted Guard prepared to ride forth, escorting the popular Prince Hirohito of Japan.

Instantly the crowd parted and drew back upon the sidewalks, shepherded by smiling Japanese policemen. The Imperial family is popularly supposed to be directly descended from the gods. When Hirohito rides forth in his low-slung limousine, the common people consider it almost a sacrilege to cross in front of the Imperial...

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