WAR IN CHINA: Victorians

Japan under Emperor Hirohito has much in common with England under Queen Victoria. Last week every Japanese read with pride a state-of-the-nation speech delivered to the 73rd session of the Imperial Parliament by Foreign Minister Koki Hirota. It might have been Lord Palmerston speaking, it might have been years ago, but it was actually Mr. Hirota voicing the aspirations of Japan in terms as serene as those used by Queen Victoria's ministers to express their gratification at the progress of Imperialism.

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