JAPAN: Toward Fuji

No other monarch of a great power is so important to his subjects as the Emperor of Japan. To them he is a descendant of the Sun Goddess, and thus actually possessed of Godhood. Moreover, only one dynasty has reigned* and still reigns in Japan. All spiritual and temporal good flows from the Emperor. Even the greatest of all Japanese victories, the capture of Port Arthur by Admiral Togo (1905), was officially ascribed to "the virtue of the Emperor." Therefore last week when the people of Japan set about the funeral of...

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