JAPAN: Prisoner in the Dock

In a steaming, jampacked courtroom in Maebashi, 60 miles northwest of Tokyo, U.S. Army Specialist Third Class William S. Girard went on trial for manslaughter. In court last week, eying him coldly, was the teen-age daughter of the 46-year-old Japanese woman whom Girard shot in the back on a firing range seven months ago. Until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Japan had the right to try him (TIME, July 22), the Girard case was headline material on both sides of the Pacific and the focal point, in the U.S., of more jingoistic and uninformed editorial comment than perhaps...

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