TREATIES: Liability into Assets?

Japan may be the strongest anti-Communist force in Asia. But as an occupied country, it is a limping liability which U.S. troops are obliged to defend. Recognizing that General MacArthur's successful occupation has passed the point of diminishing returns, President Truman last week gave hope of an early Japanese peace treaty. He appointed U.N. Delegate John Foster Dulles head of a mission to "conduct such further discussions and negotiations as may be necessary to bring a Japanese settlement to an eventual successful conclusion."

Behind Dulles' mission is a new plan permitting Japan to...

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