JAPAN: After Things Quiet Down

One day last July, a line of heavily laden trucks moved through gutted Tokyo's waterfront area. A group of Jap officers barked orders to bewildered laborers, who unloaded the trucks, dumped heavy metal bars into the bay. One worker overheard the officers discussing a treasure in gold, silver and platinum worth 30,000,000,000 yen ($2,000,000,000) "for use in building up a greater Japan after things quiet down."

Later the eavesdropper took his story to a social club, a society of "wise elder" antimilitarist shopkeepers. They told a geisha girl, who told a Japanese...

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