JAPAN: Puppet Pageant

Showering her choicest honors on a beaming, bewildered Chinese last week. Dai Nippon or Great Japan asked in effect, "What have you got to have that I haven't got to give?"

First the Nation's guest had to have the Order of Merit (1st class) plus the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun with the gold & silver Medallion of the Rising Sun (with 31 rays) and the Imperial Paulownia Blossom, an affair of precious cloisonné. That was easy. Everything was easy in Tokyo last week for slightly rheumatic Guest Hsieh Kai-shih, snuff-taking Foreign Minister...

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