JAPAN: Enjoyment of Life

The Japanese Premier who was able by an amazing fluke to attend his own solemn Buddhist funeral and admire the hundreds of wreaths prominent persons had sent to be piled around his coffin was Admiral Keisuke Okada (TIME, March 9). Japanese Army youngsters thought they were killing Premier Okada when they were actually killing his brother-in-law, a Japanese Samurai who bravely pretended to be the Premier (see cut).

The Samurai brother-in-law's sacrifice was in one respect vain. Admiral Okada, after his spectacular "resurrection," found it impossible to remain Premier because of pressure from...

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