JAPAN: The Fox Gets Ready

For months Japan's astute. 75-year-old Premier Shigeru Yoshida, widely known as "the Fox," has been maneuvering behind the political bushes to get ready for Japanese rearmament and a close defense alignment with the U.S. The non-Communist left, which opposes rearmament, is growing stronger in the Diet; Yoshida's conservative Liberal Party is not big enough for a majority alone. Seven weeks ago Yoshida brought the Progressive Party (a conservative splinter group) back into line on rearmament. Then the Fox turned to a group of conservatives headed by a:ling Ichiro Hatoyama, who once presided over the party Yoshida now runs.

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