Japan: The Three Cheers of Banzai

The Japanese housewife used to be a timid, tittering soul who knelt obediently at her husband's feet and spoke only when spoken to. But the women have now organized, and they can be a formidable power. This became painfully clear to the government last week when Miss Tsuruko Haruno, vice president of the Housewives Association of Japan, glared through her bifocals and charged that the Japanese family was about to be taken to the cleaners.

The ladies had a point. In the past three years, one of the few bright spots in Japan's inflation-ridden economy has been the cost of...

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