JAPAN: No Seats for Communists

In its first general election as a free sovereign nation, Japan last week returned Premier Yoshida's right-wing Liberal Party to power, but that was not the election's biggest news. In the previous Diet, the Communists had held 22 seats in the Lower Chamber. In last week's election, they failed to win a single seat. The total vote cast for the Reds dropped from 3,000,000 (1949) to less than 900,000. It was the biggest ballot-box defeat suffered by any Communist Party since World War II.

Not only in its voting, but in its conduct...

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