International: The Willow & the Snow

A few things in Japan would remind many U.S. soldiers of home. One is the climate—hot, muggy summers and bright, cold winters. Bars have chromium furniture, neon lights and Japanese-made "scotch." There are (or were) U.S.-style dance bands. In unbombed neighborhoods, the conquerors will see familiar trade names (sometimes slightly confused in pirating and copying, as "Interwomen" for Interwoven Socks). And, just as North America has its Indians, Japan has its aboriginal Ainus, a lightskinned, hairy people whose women tattoo blue mustaches on their lips.

In some ways occupied Japan will resemble the...

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