National Affairs: Another MacArthur

To be U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the President last week chose a career diplomat with a historic name: Douglas Mac-Arthur II. The name (for his uncle) may impress the Japanese, but it had nothing to do with his appointment. Suave, capable Douglas MacArthur, 47, was picked for his first ambassadorship strictly on performance.

Born into a military family (his father, Arthur, was a Navy captain), MacArthur chose the Foreign Service at the age of twelve after a Far East trip on which he was impressed by U.S. consular officials. At Yale ('32) he studied...

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