JAPAN: Rules for an Ex-God

Emperor Hirohito's three demure (and formerly divine) daughters worked in the Imperial kitchen last week. In their summer villa near Nasu, Kazuko Taka, 16, Atsuko Yori, 15, and Takako Suga, 7, dispensed with the customary retinue of servants, rolled up their sleeves and washed up the dinner dishes. In Tokyo, their father read in his morning newspaper the first draft of a new Imperial Household Law, drawn up by the Japanese Government to replace a statute in effect since 1889. High points:

¶ The emperor cannot abdicate.

¶ No son of a concubine can become emperor.*

¶ No woman can succeed...

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