JAPAN: The New Thing

In a driving snowstorm this week several hundred blue-clad, brass-buttoned students gathered in the ruins of Meiji University to hold an anti-Communist rally. They had been summoned by the "League of Former Cheer Leaders of the Six Major Universities in Tokyo." Two bored, white-helmeted American MPs watched the proceedings for a minute and sniffed: "Them Commies is at it again."

The MPs were wrong about the meeting, right about Japan's Communists, whose leader, Sanzo Nosaka, recently returned to Japan after a 16-year exile in Russia and China. A shrewd, realistic politician, Nosaka immediately set about to reconcile Communists, Social Democrats,...

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