JAPAN: The Emperor Regrets

As long ago as 1921, when he was still Crown Prince, Japan's Emperor Hirohito told American visitors that he "cherished a desire to visit the United States and to meet and learn to know her people." More recently, Japanese governments have argued that a visit by the Emperor, now 72, would be a fitting way for the country to express its thanks to the U.S. for its postwar aid.

The trip, of course, would be followed by a similarly ceremonial journey to Japan by the U.S. President. Richard Nixon, who would very much like...

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