Foreign News: Theory & Practice

Despite SCAP's democratizing directives, unreconstructed Shinto nationalism was a long way from dead in Japan.

Last week, police turned up a middle-aged "sun goddess," 45-year-old Yoshika Nagaoka. During the war she had counseled many Japanese generals; now, as "Jiko-san" (Divine Light), she got financial support from Japanese aristocrats and militarists, averaged $16,000 a month in contributions. Over her temple in Kanazawa, Jiko-san flew the red "meatball" flag of Imperial Japan; to her followers she restated the basic State Shinto principles of hakko ichi-u—the whole world under Japan's Emperor. Jiko-san had included General Douglas MacArthur and Generalissimo Joseph Stalin in her cabinet of...

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