Letters: Mar. 23, 1970

Ultimate Victory?

Sir: Japan's desired goal of political and economic hegemony over the area from the Kuriles to Australia, which triggered the Pacific war, was thwarted by the industrial superiority of America. To have challenged a vast materially and financially endowed nation was an act of utter desperation. It's now emerging that Japan is being asked by the U.S. to share the defense responsibility over the same area that the Land of the Rising Sun coveted over a quarter-century ago [March 2].

It might be well to leave Japan unfettered to use its ability to...