WAR CRIMES: Sober Afterglow

General Douglas MacArthur says that his headquarters does not interfere with freedom of the press in Occupied Japan. But sometimes, when news unfavorable to SCAP comes along, there is hidden interference.

Not long ago Tokyo's Shimbun ran a brief review of The Case of General Yamashita (The University of Chicago Press; $4), by A. Frank Reel, a labor lawyer and former U.S. Army captain, who had helped defend the Japanese commander in America's first major war crimes trial. Next day a SCAP officer phoned Shimbun and other Tokyo papers that it would...

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