JAPAN: Kiss Me Again

For eighteen years long-haired, bespectacled vaudevillian Ichimatsu Ishida has been convulsing the Japs with his sharp, satirical songs on the contemporary scene. A score of times his tuneful wit (needling Tojo for wordy communiques, the Zaibatsu for war profiteering in Manchuria, etc.) has landed him in jail. Last month it Landed him in Japan's new Diet, as the head of his own one-candidate Japan Fair Argument Party. Last week a song got him in trouble again.

At Tokyo's smart Nippon Theater he was singing his latest song—a dialogue between a G.I. and a...

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