JAPAN: The Cautious Banzai

Had members of the imperial family not been glued to their radios, they might have been the last people in Tokyo to hear the news. When Crown Princess Michiko was delivered of her 5-lb. 9-oz. son last week, a chamberlain at the hospital solemnly telephoned the residence of the grand chamberlain. The grand chamberlain in turn telephoned the Emperor's personal chamberlain, who daintily brushstroked the news onto a scroll. Then the grand chamberlain telephoned Crown Prince Akihito's chamberlain, who immediately went to work on a scroll of his own. By the time...

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