JAPAN: Democracy

To England went His Royal Highness Prince Chichibu-no-miya Yasuhito, second son of the Emperor and Empress. The object of the Prince's visit is to study social science at Oxford and the London School of Economics.

This is the first time in the history of Japan that a son of an Emperor has ever sought learning in a foreign land, although numbers of the aristocracy have recently done so.

For centuries, the Royal Family was relegated to complete seclusion by the powerful shoguns. Never did an Emperor appear outside the four walls of his...

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!