JAPAN: Women's Rights

"A wish! A wish!" cried a be-sandaled, be-kimonoed woman to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Hirohito as his automobile slowed up to enter the palace gates. Stalwart police seized her; the Emperor passed on.

Investigation showed the woman to be a member of a patriotic society, the Miyazaki, concerned with obtaining female suffrage. She had, she admitted, been much irked when government officials had prevented her from voting by proxy for her husband. She, therefore, had resolved to ask the Emperor "with reverence" to accord patriotic women the same political rights as enjoyed by...

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