JAPAN: The Expendable Premier

"We won! We won!" chanted the student rioters as, with locked arms, they snake danced crazily before Premier Nobusuke Kishi's suburban home. Behind drawn curtains, protected by a cordon of police, barbed wire and a high wall, the aging Premier could hear the voices crying, "Kill Kishi! Kill Kishi!" Deserted by most of his Cabinet, his chief of police and the weak-kneed leaders of his Liberal Democratic Party, Kishi had finally asked President Dwight Eisenhower to cancel his visit to Japan.

Reddened Windows. The showdown began on Wednesday night, when Kishi summoned...

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