JAPAN: Bait Bitten

A cynic once defined a gift as a gesture made against better judgment in lively expectation of better treatment. Last week Japan offered foreign nations, especially the U. S., a gift of which she was pretty proud. There was a lively look in her eye as she gave.

Japan's Foreign Minister Admiral Kichisaburo Nomura broke the news first to U. S. Ambassador Joseph C. Grew, later to diplomats of other nations: Japan would reopen the Yangtze River to foreign trade.

This looked like a whopping gift. It was the first sign that Japan's New...

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