Timely & Inevitable
May I congratulate you for "Land of Reluctant Sparrows" [March 14] ? The election of Mr. Hatoyama appears as timely as it was inevitable, for the Japanese are merely exercising an independence achieved a few years ago in San Francisco, and we would be wise not to try and pressure them with modern dollar diplomacy. Such policy has boomeranged before, and in Japan's case, particularly, would only create unnecessary antagonism. Japan will undoubtedly remain allied with the West, but we must first respect the nation's sovereignty . . .