BUSINESS ABROAD: Jolt for Japan

The Tokyo and Osaka stock markets, which had been climbing with heady abandon for more than a year, plummeted at news of a possible Korean truce. Speculative issues such as Nippon Heiwa Sangyo (Japan Peace Industry), which had soared to 400 yen in early February, toppled to 82. Even blue chips like Mitsuokoshi department store tumbled from 670 to 495 yen. Last week the market recovered slightly, but was still far down from its peak.

Long ago, a few farsighted Japanese warned that, but for U.S. spending on the Korean war, Japan's economy would be in perilous shape. But...

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