Studied in England
Japan's leading Catholic layman, 59 year old Dr. Kotaro Tanaka, has been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan, an office held to be equal to that of Prime M mister and the Speaker of the Diet. A convert, Dr. Tanaka is a target of both militarists and Communists.
He was the first man ever to give a formal discourse on Chrisianity before Japan's imperial family when in 1946 he spoke before Emperor Hirohito, the Empress and the Emperor's brothers, for an hour and a half.
The Vatican newspaper Osservatore ROMal1.0 has described hint as a " fearless defender of the Faith." He became a Catholic 35 years ago.
In his youth Dr. Tanaka studied for six months in England.