Ah, 1934! It's the heady days of China's disintegration and the prolonged fall of the Manchu dynasty, in the gerrymandered faux-country known as Manchukuo. Cobbled together by the Japanese from parts of Manchuria, this nation was created in the early thirties. "Henry" P'u Yi, the last emperor of China (and the protagonist of the eponymous film) was appointed chief executive. He eventually convinced the Japanese to make him emperor, taking the royal name K'ang Teh ("Tranquility and Virtue"). Manchukuo was used as a military and industrial base during World War II, leading to its invasion by the Soviets late in the war (P'u Yi fled). After the war, it was reabsorbed by China.
So what's the point? Well, before the war, my grandfather, Ralph Mohney, worked for Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Japan, setting up and managing new plants and businesses. (Our family has a huge cache of pre-war Japanese art and artifacts as a result.) He spent a lot of time in the Japanese-dominated portions of China, and he picked up this oversized "enthronement supplement" to the Manchuria Daily News. It's truly an odd document, and I present some highlights here.
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