JAPAN: The Lull

Toward midnight, a senior Japanese bureaucrat cautiously ventured out into Tokyo's sheltering darkness carrying a chrysanthemum-embossed copy of the revised U.S.-Japanese Security Treaty. He inspected the streets for signs of left-wing demonstrators with all the wariness of an oldtime plainsman watching for hostile Sioux, then headed for the Imperial Palace. There he was admitted inconspicuously, waited as Emperor Hirohito brushed on his signature.

Next morning U.S. Ambassador Douglas MacArthur II slipped through the cordon of 300 cops guarding Tokyo's U.S. embassy and set out for the quiet residence of Foreign Minister Aiichiro...

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