JAPAN: No Retreat

Quite as anxious as Britain's Ramsay MacDonald for friendly relations with the U. S. is Japan's courtly Prime Minister, 66-year-old Baron Giichi Tanaka. Breaking the traditional oriental silence, last week, the grizzled Prime Minister, in his stocking feet, courteously received Correspondent Barnet Nover of the Buffalo News. A Japanese of the old school, Baron Tanaka never wears shoes except on formal state occasions. Rheumatic, he must be supported by a stalwart valet while being shod.

"If there is one thing dominant in our foreign policy," said the sock-footed Prime Minister, "it...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!