JAPAN: The Red Flirtation

Japan (pop. 87 million), the greatest industrial power in Asia, edged further last week toward friendship with the Communist empire—a step which its new Premier said was really doing the U.S. a favor. The prefectural assembly of Hokkaido, Japan's second largest island, called for "a positive interchange" between Japan, Russia and Red China. The Kobe and Osaka Chambers of Commerce formed delegations "ready to go to Mos cow and Peking." The Japanese fishing industry accepted a Communist invitation to send experts to Red China. Japan's political parties, from right to left, were moving left. The conservative Liberal Party...

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