JAPAN: On the Record

Not since Manila, on the eve of Pearl Harbor, had Douglas MacArthur granted an all-out press conference. So when the Supreme Commander finally consented to lunch with the Tokyo correspondents at their Shimbun Alley clubhouse last week, many Allied newsmen did not bother to bring paper or notebooks. But what MacArthur told them, for the record, kept them scribbling for an hour on napkins, chit books, and letters from home. The reverberations continued all week.

The MacArthur Doctrine amounted to the flat declaration that Japan was ready for a peace treaty; that delay would further cripple the Japanese economy (thus requiring...

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