JAPAN: Occupational Hazards

Six days before last week's Japanese elections, the Communist Party held a rally in Tokyo's Imperial Plaza. In the crowd were U.S. soldiers, some of them Counter Intelligence Corps agents sent as observers. While a Communist speaker ranted against U.S. occupation, inflamed Communists in the audience noticed a Japanese policeman taking notes on the speech. A Communist snatched the notes away. A uniformed Nisei member of CIC, Corporal Henry Yamashita, tried to grab the notes back. Members of the crowd began to push Yamashita around and other U.S. soldiers went to his aid. One of them was knocked down,...

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