COMMUNISTS: Astounded & Shocked

"Titoism" has spread to Japan. The Cominform Journal last week pronounced anathema on sleepy-eyed Sanzo Nozaka, long considered Japan's No. 1 Red. His sin: he had "uttered bourgeois platitudes," i.e., he had contradicted the customary Communist charge that the U.S. is being imperialistic in Japan, had insisted that the Communist Party could establish a "people's democratic regime" under the U.S. occupation.

Unless Nozaka has the inclination and power to defy the Kremlin, he will have to give way to Secretary General Kyuichi Tokuda. Among the Communist rank & file, the Cominform blast caused great consternation. Said Yasusuke Sanejima, a printer:...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!