JAPAN: Divinity with Microscope

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Earnest, black-mustached, ivory-spectacled Hirohito is not Emperor of Japan by the grace of God. Rather his people conceive that their country is an Empire by His grace. Last week this extraordinary personage, adored as the "Son of Heaven," faced firmly one of the most involved and ominous crises since his reign began six years ago.

Hirohito was not crowned. Instead, upon his father's death in 1926 he assumed protection of Japan's three Sacred Treasures: The Sword which commands "Be Brave!" The Jewel which says "Enlighten thyself!" and the Most Sacred...

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