JAPAN: The New D

As the new masters moved into the Japanese house, the old masters tried busily to reshuffle the furniture and the decor. General Douglas MacArthur and the United Nations might have other plans, but for the moment, at least, the rulers of the late Great Japan made a show of being men who expect to manage their own affairs.

From his charred palace, Emperor Hirohito, attended by a grim-miened bodyguard (see cut), drove to the Diet building. There, from his gold-and-maroon throne in the House of Peers, he addressed a joint session of the...

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