JAPAN: Banzai!

The frightening cry that once signaled the suicidal charges of Japan's doomed Pacific Island armies echoed through Tokyo this week. More than 100,000 cheering Japanese swarmed over the outer grounds of Emperor Hirohito's palace to shout "Banzai!" to his promulgation of Nippon's new, democratically worded constitution (effective May 7). The Emperor & Empress showed themselves for only five minutes, but that was long enough to get oldsters weeping. A college student expressed the new Japan, enthusiastically "democratic," yet still tied to the Emperor by fantastically exaggerated loyalty: "I consider it the greatest joy; I do not know whether...

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