JAPAN: Pinch Hitter

"The less said about Japanese-American relations, the better."

This pregnant opinion was offered in Manila last week by Japan's new and superspecial envoy to the U.S., Saburo Kurusu. Envoy Kurusu was speeding by Clipper to Washington, where officials were equally tight-lipped on the subject of his country and theirs.

That jittery, encircled, embargoed Japan proposed to follow months of Washington conversations with still more conversations was a clear sign that Japan still did not dare to follow its sword-brandishing with swordplay. Yet there was an ominous air of urgency about every move...

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