Japan Today, Reluctant Ally

Japan Today, Reluctant Ally

Japan Today, Reluctant Ally

Japan Today, Reluctant Ally

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The mass of Communist Asia lies like a dark cloud on the western rim of the Pacific. Along the periphery of the cloud are outposts of the anti-Communist alliance--Japan, South Korea, the Ryukyu Islands, Nationalist China's Taiwan, the Philippines, and South Vietnam. On the lush, tropical island of Guam, 1,300 miles to the east of this forward screen of air, ground, and radar bases, the great war birds of America's Strategic Air Command are based. The powerful Seventh Fleet of the United States, capable of fighting either a conventional or nuclear war, patrols and dominates the area in between.

These are the boundaries of the Cold War in the Far East. Japan is the most vital link and the keystone--the only modern industrial economy in Asia.

Japan's rebirth since the end of World War II is one of the wonders of our age, for it is more prosperous today than it has ever been in its history. Yet, strangely, it is a deeply troubled land. It suffers from an internal form of the ideological madness that has. split the world into Communist, anti-Communist, and neutralist camps. But unlike other nations, its allegiance does not lie wholly with any one oi the three. Instead, the forces of the Cold War have collided within its borders and left the Japanese people violently . . .

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