JAPAN: Tradition Shattered

Should U. S. President Calvin Coolidge invite three thugmen to dine with him, the event would be scarcely more shocking than a recent dinner in Tokyo at which the Premier of Japan sat down to eat with three of the "Defiled Ones," members of the despised class called Eta.

Says a Japanese proverb: Bow once to an Eta and you must not lift your head for seven centuries. This unfortunate class, numbering today more than 3,000,000 Japanese (1% of the population), is traditionally made up of the descendants of prisoners taken in battles...

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