JAPAN: The Prince & Death

Prince Fumimaro Konoye, thrice Premier of Japan, offered to write a new democratic constitution for his country. General MacArthur turned him down, and the Prince knew that the Chinese motto he had hung on his walls ("Kindness of heart and always willing to help—the whole world will be pleased") was no longer enough. When the order came for him to report to prison as a war criminal, he turned to the wayward mind of Oscar Wilde for new truths. In red pencil he underlined passages in De Profundis:

I must say to myself that I ruined myself, and that nobody...

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