Just when everybody had his mind on Korea, Russia brought into the open another touchy subject: the future of Japan. Moscow papers one day last week published the details of what the U.S. had privately proposed, and with it Russia's determined objections, which for once were moderately stated.

The U.S. knew that it could not occupy Japan indefinitely; it was eager to "bring back Japan as an equal in the society of free peoples." And incidentally it hoped to build Japan into a strong ally of the West in the fight against Communism....

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