JAPAN: The Anti-Kishi Riots

Day after day, tens of thousands of noisy marchers poured through the streets of Tokyo. Gong-clanging Buddhists snake-danced with plump bobby-soxers, tram drivers and dockworkers before the granite walls of the Diet; other thousands jammed the streets outside the U.S. embassy, stamping their feet and chanting rhythmically, "Ike don't come!" "Down with Kishi!" "Yankee go home!"

Japan was facing its biggest political crisis since the war.

Tyranny of Sorts. The shouting was aimed at the new U.S. security treaty that Premier Nobusuke Kishi had rammed through Parliament fortnight ago. To Occidental observers, the reasoning behind the uproar seemed inscrutably Oriental. The...

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