JAPAN: Clipped Fangs

When an inflamed Communist mob beat up five U.S. soldiers on May 30 (TIME, June 12), General Douglas MacArthur decided that he had had enough of Red rabble-rousing. One morning last week the angry general ordered the Japanese government to bar the Communist Party's 24 Central Committeemen from all further political activity. The next day MacArthur added to the list 17 top staffers of Akahata (Red Flag), the party's newspaper.

Most Japanese, shocked by Communist violence, thought the general's action overdue. "Well, MacArthur lost his temper at last," said a maritime union leader. "I would have lost my temper, too,...

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