JAPAN: Shattering Engagement

Officially announced at Tokyo, last week, was the engagement of the Imperial Japanese-heir presumptive, Prince Chichibu, to a commoner, Miss Setsu Matsudaira.

In Japan the sensation far transcended that which would burst in Anglo-Saxon lands at the betrothal of Edward of Wales to a mere woman. The British House of Windsor is a sprig, a sapling, an upstart compared to the Japanese Imperial House, which reigned before the dawn of recorded Japanese history. Moreover the Emperor of Japan is a divine being, "descended from the Sun Goddess." Emperor Hirohito has not yet a...

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