JAPAN: Imperial Era

Japanese mourned universally last week the death of Field Marshal Viscount Kageakira Kawamura, 76, whose life exactly spanned the modern Imperial Era of Japan.

At his birth (1850) the last Shogun of Japan, Keiki, still held as military regent the power which had slipped from the Mikados some seven centuries before. When Kawamura was three years old, Commodore Perry, U. S. N., sailed into the harbor of Uraga near Yedo (Tokyo) with four ships and roused slumbering Nippon from the so-called "Oriental stagnation" from which China is...

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