JAPAN: Dai Ichi

In Tokyo the time of the rains had passed and hot and humid summer settled firmly in on the rickety, raucous, jerry-built capital that has sprung up from the ashes and rubble of 1945. Tokyo, Japan's capital since 1868, was before World War II a sort of oriental Washington, D.C. Officially, only a limited number of nightclubs were permitted in the capital, and the sword-swinging prewar Japanese police force saw to it that decorum was the order of the day as well as the night. Now all this has changed. In twelve feverish,...

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