The World: Hirohito: 'A Happy Experience'

Before he left on his historic journey to the U.S., Emperor Hirohito last week received TIME Bureau Chief William Stewart for an interview. The scene: the pink-carpeted Shakkyo-no-ma ("Stone-bridge") room in the Imperial Palace, which the Emperor uses as an audience chamber. His main points:

ON HIS U.S. TOUR: I have the same keen anticipation to see the U.S. that I had 50-odd years ago [when he first contemplated an American visit]. I don't think the things I wanted to see when I was young will be exactly the same. Circumstances have changed, as...

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