JAPAN: Red Schism

Two top Japanese Communists, Kyuichi Tokuda and Yoshio Shiga, occupied adjoining prison cells for 17 years, used to tap messages to each other through the wall. Since they were freed at war's end, communication between Tokuda and Shiga has grown more difficult. Threes weeks ago it broke down badly in a row that all but split Japan's Communist Party.

Tokuda, the party's No. 2 man, supports No. 1 Communist Sanzo Nozaka in his "soft" tactical line. They have cooperated with other parties and rarely attack U.S. occupation policies. This line has been sharply...

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