• Short Summary

    IN JAPAN, THE ENGAGEMENT TO A COMMONER OF PRINCESS SUGA (CQ) ... THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER?

  • Description

    IN JAPAN, THE ENGAGEMENT TO A COMMONER OF PRINCESS SUGA (CQ) ... THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF EMPEROR HIROHITO ... HAS TRADITIONALISTS WONDERING IF THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF JAPAN ... AND OF THE ROYAL FAMILY ... IS GOING TOO FAR.

    HER FIANCE IS HISANAGA SHIMAZU (CQ).

    ALTHOUGH HE WILL BE THE SON-IN-LAW OF THE EMPEROR ... SHIMAZU IN ONLY A STRAP-HANGER EACH MORNING AS HE COMMUTES TO HIS JOB AT THE JAPAN EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. HIS PAY IS A LITTLE MORE THAN EIGHT DOLLARS A WEEK AFTER TAXES. DURING HIS LUNCH HOUR ... SHIMAZU STROLLS WITH FRIENDS ALONG THE MOAT OF THE IMPERIAL PALACE.

    IN NO WAY DOES THE PALACE RESEMBLE THE SMALL HOUSE, IN WHICH HE LIVES WITH HIS WIDOWED MOTHER ... A WIDOWED AUNT AND THREE COUSINS. WHAT IS MORE ... IT IS LIKELY HE AND HIS BRIDE WILL LIVE WITH HIS MOTHER.

    BUT WHEN SHIMAZU'S CHILDREN GO TO GRANDPA'S HOUSE ... IT WILL BE THE IMPERIAL PALACE.

    THERE ... PRINCESS SUGA (CQ) IS PREPARING FOR THE WEDDING ... WHICH PROBABLY WILL TAKE PLACE THIS FALL.

    IN MARRYING A COMMONER ... WHE IS NOT ONLY FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF HER BROTHER ... CROWN PRINCE AKIHITO ... BUT THE EXAMPLES OF THREE OLDER SISTERS ... TWO OF WHOM MARRIED WHITE COLLAR WORKERS.... AND ONE A SMALL RANCHER. ALTHOUGH SHE WILL RECEIVE A DOWRY OF ABOUT 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS ... THE PRINCESS ... IN KEEPING WITH JAPANESE TRADITION WILL HAVE TO ADJUST TO HER HUSBANDS'S INCOME.

    A GAY AND WITTY GIRL ... THE PRINCESS IS A SPECIAL FAVORITE OF THE ROYAL FAMILY. THE FAMILY'S TIES SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN STRENGTHENED UNDER THE HAMMERING OF WAR ... DEFEAT ... AND A DEMOCRATIZATION, WHICH HAS REDUCED THE EMPEROR FROM A DIVINITY TO A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCH, TRYING EARNESTLY TO ACQUIRE THE COMMON TOUCH.

    THE BETROTHAL OF THE PRINCESS ... SEEN HERE WITH TWO BROTHERS AND HER PARENTS ... SHOULD HELP ... NO MATTER HOW DISAPPOINTED THE TRADITIONALISTS MAY BE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8XZMAH9WAKMW9FN5XR9MUFYYF
    Media URN:
    VLVA8XZMAH9WAKMW9FN5XR9MUFYYF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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