JAPAN: Penitent Premier

An humble, not to say abject apology was made, last week, by Prime Minister General Baron Giichi Tanaka to the Sublime Emperor, Hirohito, whom Japanese honor as the lineal descendant of the Sun Goddess.

The Prime Minister's fault was that he had kept His Majesty insufficiently informed of certain complex political developments which finally resulted, last week, in the resignation of Minister of Education Dr. Rentaro Mizumo. The affair was so ineptly bungled as to allow it to seem for a time that Emperor Hirohito had desired Dr. Mizumo to continue in office.

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