JAPAN: Boomerang

The Communists, who so often accuse the U.S. of intervening in other people's affairs, make no bones about interfering in Japan's. During the closing days of Japan's general election, Peking broke off trade talks, and said that no deal was possible so long as Nobusuke Kishi, "a veteran imperialist" with "the hallucinations of an idiot," is Prime Minister. Moscow also promised Japan immunity from nuclear bombing in case of war, if it would rid itself of U.S. bases now. But when 40 million Japanese voters went to the polls last week, these Communist interventions boomeranged.

Japanese voters gave Kishi's Liberal...

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