Letters, Oct. 25, 1971

Japanese Lanterns

Sir: Re your cover story on Hirohito [Oct. 4]: for generations Japan has made it inferior and sold it cheaper than any country in the world. To make merchandise 10% poorer would mean the shirt wouldn't stand one washing, the appliance wouldn't last a week, and the radio wouldn't even bring in a local station.

It will be healthy for us if they are forced to revert to Japanese lanterns. Then, when the garden party is rained out, we can expect to throw the lanterns away, and the American manufacturer can return to...

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