In Tokyo last week, Cabinet Ministers scuttled in & out of Emperor Hirohito's moat-encircled palace. The assent of the Son of Heaven was required to dozens of decisions, most important of all to the drastic decision of the military high command to ship Japan's entire regular army —some 260,000 men—across the sea to China.

Staring glassily through his myopic eyes, and nodding his flat, imperial head, Hirohito gave approval to military plans which launched Japan upon a great national adventure.

Three Milleniums. Every few centuries since long before Christ, history has repeated itself...

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