JAPAN: The Orphan of Asia

Sipping green tea in his 30-room official residence last week. Premier Nobusuke Kishi ignored the dangling ropes and scaffolds outside his open window as workmen installed air conditioning on an upper floor. Even when a heavy window frame slipped from a worker's hand and landed with a splintering crash on the ground, the smooth flow of Kishi's talk and his relaxed manner did not change.

Kishi would need all his aplomb in the coming month as he tours eleven countries in Europe and the Americas. His object : to gain face for his countrymen, who morbidly nurse a national feeling that...

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