A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 14, 1955

DearTIME-Reader:

ICHIRO HATOYAMA, TIME'S cover subject this week, is a man who is both symbol and agent of renascent Japan, a country beset anew with internal struggles and aspirations ten years after the war. The story is a penetrating assessment of a Japan at the crossroads. It is the story of how pride and tradition, international beckonings and bickerings, are once again bestirring the Japanese nation.

Our cover project was launched last month under the direction of Tokyo Correspondents Curtis Prendergast and James Greenfield, and was finished last week with their final report of Premier Hatoyama's overwhelming victory at the polls. How Hatoyama...

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