The World: No Tanks

Over the years, the Japanese left has rioted to express its opposition to the presence of American bases in Japan under the U.S.-Japan mutual-security treaty. All to little effect. Now the protesters have a more peaceful—and potent—tactic. Since Aug. 5, when a group of Socialist demonstrators sat down in front of a convoy of tank transporters hauling five U.S. M48 tanks, the Army has been unable to move any armor into or out of its huge depot at Sagamihara, where military equipment is repaired for use in Viet Nam. Though some 200 tanks...

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