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Wednesday, September 06, 2006
My object all sublime: the Japanese imperial family at last has a male heir. Despite the Japanese monarchy's possible links to extreme atrocities during the War,* I confess to going weak at the knees over very, very old monarchies, such as Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne.

*These were certainly done in Hirohito's name and by persons reporting to a chain of command of which he was, at least nominally, the summit. His exact culpability is probably lost in the mists of imperial court ceremony; some say being regarded as a living god didn't mean he had actual powers beyond ordering tea. It appears he played an aggressive role forcing the surrender, over the objections (and hara-kiris) of the last-ditch militarists. MacArthur was wise to leave him in place as a figurehead.