JAPAN AND THE SON OF HEAVEN by Willard Price
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JAPAN AND THE SON OF HEAVEN

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A last minute reading made this too late for the MUST BOOK section, but it should be required reading for everyone who wants a factual background on the problem of the emperor of Japan. A trained newspaper man, long resident in Japan, writes out of intimate knowledge of historical facts and contemporary development of the emperor hoax; he tears down every phase of it and hammers constantly on one theme- the emperor must go. He shows how emperor worship permeates every phase of life, makes education a travesty, the army a symptom of mass hypnotism, the public victims of hysteria. War lords and industrialists use the emperor as they please. Price documents his thesis at every point, makes it good reading; he does not overlook the arguments in defense of retaining the emperor-but exposes their fallacies. And he charts a program for Japanese re-education, control, and direction towards a democracy in the future.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1945
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce