JAPAN: Don't Hug Me Too Tight

From Tokyo this week, on the tenth anniversary of Pearl Harbor, TIME Correspondent Dwight Martin cabled a report on the state of Japan:

SIX years ago, Emperor Hirohito, speaking to his people in the hour of defeat and surrender, composed a poem:

Man should be like the manly pine That does not change its color Though bearing the fallen snow.

Pearl Harbor Day, 1951, finds Japan a rising sun once more, and the snow on the manly pine melting fast. The most dynamic, aggressive and industrialized people in Asia are again preparing themselves for the responsibilities and delights of sovereignty. Already the...

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