THE NATIONS: Can Japan Pay?

General MacArthur looked last week upon his occupation of Japan and found it good. "It becomes unmistakably clear that here in Japan we shall win the peace," said MacArthur.

Following his lead, Washington last week asked ten fellow members* on the Far Eastern Commission to begin work on a peace treaty for Japan. To speed up the negotiations the U.S. wanted to sacrifice the Big Power veto, decide treaty issues a two-thirds majority. The Russians might not participate on those terms.

Biggest problem facing the peacemakers was reparations. Some of Japan's victims (China, the Philippines) have potent claims based on...

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