JAPAN: Butterfly Redeemed

Great though the efforts of diplomats to conciliate Japan and the West have been during the past year, no act of a foreigner has more deeply touched the Japanese people than that of a young Western businessman, Yan C. Hock, 28, who passed an evening last winter with the courtesan, Izayoi, returned to pass another evening, ended by working out the theme of the opera Madame Butterfly in unexpected real-life fashion. As told by a Japanese reporter, events proceeded thus:

"At 1130 a. m. the foreigner required an interview with the proprietor...

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