Japan: Disturbed Ally

Archive Report

American Treaty Relations with Japan

Tokyo Demonstrations and Eisenhower's Visit

Massive demonstrations in Tokyo in the last week of May—against ratification of a revised Japanese-American security treaty and against the conservative pro-American government of Premier Nobusuke Kishi —brought into view a new though probably remote threat to the position of the United States in the Far East. The demonstrating mobs in Japan were made up largely of students. Student demonstrations recently precipitated the overthrow of the South Korean and Turkish governments. The Japanese students, like their counterparts in South Korea and Turkey, were demonstrating against government conduct that had been in flagrant disregard of democratic practices.1

In Japan, however, the students did not seem animated by the passionate conviction that inspired the Korean and Turkish demonstrators, nor ...

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