Foreign News: The $5 Crisis

Shortly after midnight on June 30, a couple of young sailors from H.M.S. Belfast, on shore leave in Kobe, grabbed a Japanese cabby by the neck, robbed him of $5 and adjourned to a bar. They were caught, drinks in hand, and last week each was sentenced to 2½ years at hard labor. It was the first sentence pronounced on foreigners since Japan regained her independence last April. The judge was careful to point out that the British tars got only half the minimum prescribed by Japanese law for assault and robbery.

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