Japan: Regrettable Destruction of Peaceful Corps Existence

Ever since the Japanese recovered from World War II and moved back into the ranks of the world's industrial giants, their allies have been urging them to take a greater interest in foreign affairs — and especially to help out in aid to underdeveloped countries. In the success of the U.S. Peace Corps, Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda thought he saw his chance. Drafting plans for a Japanese copy, he dispatched officials to likely recipients in Southeast Asia and Africa. The Africans were interested enough, but when Ikeda's emissaries got closer to home, they ran head-on into memories of...

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