JAPAN: Island Paradise

Romantic Man dreams of being marooned on a desert island with one ideal woman. Romantic Woman dreams of being marooned with a wide choice of men. Last week a comely 32-year-old Okinawa-born widow named Kazuko Higa arrived in Tokyo for a burlesque tour, during which she planned to tell Japanese audiences what it was like to be marooned alone for five years with 31 men. It was not, she implied, all that it might be.

Kazuko was living alone with her second husband, Kikuichiro, on tiny (2 mi. by 5 mi.) Anatahan Island in the Marianas when the survivors...

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