JAPAN: Seven Court Chamberlains

In the first days of the U.S. occupation, Emperor Hirohito surrendered both his divinity and his isolation from the people of Japan. He visited mines and factories, would call out to fishermen, "Did you have a good catch today?" He crawled informally into ditches to examine plants that interested him—he is an expert on fungus —and would then unconcernedly wipe his muddy hands on his trousers.

Disarrayed Traffic. But all that is in the past. A shy and scholarly man, Hirohito is happier dissecting shellfish than chatting with workers. The seven top...

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