Japan: Vote of Confidence

Two years ago, Japan's pink-tinged, left-wing opposition parties whipped the country into a froth with their shrill charges that the conservative Liberal-Democratic government was "slavishly" dependent on U.S. "imperialism." With anti-U.S. mobs snake-dancing through Tokyo's streets, the embarrassed Japanese government was forced to cancel Dwight Eisenhower's scheduled state visit to Japan. But the rioting and the increasing coziness of Japanese Socialists with the Chinese Communists sobered Japan. Last week, in elections to the upper house of the Japanese Diet, Premier Hayato Ike-da's Liberal Democrats won a resounding vote of confidence.


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