JAPAN: The Big Hello

On his bury-the-hatchet tour of Southeast Asia last year, Japan's Premier Nobusuke Kishi found the Filipinos least ready of all of Tokyo's World War II victims to forgive and forget. Only a military guard greeted him at Manila airport, and the Philippine public turned a cold shoulder. The stiffly formal meetings with Filipino officials were chilled by arguments over Japan's reparations payments ($550 million promised) to the Philippines. Last week, on the first anniversary of Kishi's icy reception in Manila, the Philippines' President Carlos Garcia went to Tokyo. Hoping that flattery would...

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