THE PHILIPPINES: The Gentleman or the Tiger?

In their misery during the Japanese defense of Manila, Filipinos spoke the name of General Tomoyuki Yamashita as if it were blasphemous. When peace came and the "Tiger of Malaya" was brought to trial, they crowded the courtroom to stare. As they had expected, he looked like an ogre—a squat, shaven-headed, simian figure in a green uniform. When prosecution witnesses told of the raping, killing and burning which Manila had endured at Japanese hands, many in the audience guessed that the verdict would be quick and harsh.

But last week, as the Japanese general rose to defend himself, spectators began to...

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