JAPAN: Generals on Top

A strictly perfect Constitutional monarch, dwelling almost entirely in moated Tokyo Palace grounds, and never known to have kicked over the traces is Japanese Emperor Hirohito. Last week His Majesty, the impassive, bespectacled, studious Son-Of-Heaven who had just weathered a grave Cabinet crisis (TIME, Feb. 8), donned medieval court costume and pre- sided in the Palace of his ancestors over nationwide celebrations to mark the 2,597th anniversary of his Imperial Dynasty.

Highhandedly ruling Japan's roost last week was His Majesty's new "Gold-Braid" Cabinet led by handle-bar-mustached Premier General Senjuro Hayashi who had whittled...

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