Saturday, August 4, 2007

On August 4, ...

... 1947 (60 years ago today), during the period of Allied occupation that followed World War II, a Chief Justice and 14 associate Justices were sworn in to mark the birth of the Supreme Court of Japan. Among the current Justices is 1 woman. Kazuko Yokoo (left) was appointed in 2001, culminating a long career in civil service. Most recently she was Japan's Ambassador to Ireland. Profiling the Court were several articles in the International Journal of Constitutional Law (April 2007).
... 1944, having been betrayed, a group of Jewish persons who'd been living for 2 years in a Secret Annex, among them 15-year-old Anne Frank, was arrested in Amsterdam. Within half a year Anne (right) and her sister, Margot, would die in the Nazis' Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. In 1947, Anne's father published the diary she kept while in hiding. It's "been translated into 67 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world."

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