Foreign News: True Intentions

Hirohito, myopic Emperor, last week convened with awful solemnity the first Imperial Council held in Japan since 1914. The Conference met, not for the purpose of deciding anything or advising His Imperial Majesty, merely to have the Son of Heaven give his august sanction to new policies previously agreed upon. For let the Emperor, descendant of the Sun Goddess and himself godly in Japanese eyes, speak in Imperial Conference, and impious is any Japanese, high or low, who dissents.

At the Palace in Tokyo, in a hall adorned with priceless golden screens and Japan's...