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INSIDE JAPAN INC In 1960 Japan was ruled by the conservative LDP Nabuski Kitchie ran the LDP a man who had been jailed as a war criminal during the occupation His comeback can be attributed to his pre-war contacts in big business Kitchie believed to survive Japans economy had to grow I order to do so Japans businesses had to be disciplined Kitchie gave directives to the ministry to pass on to the heads of big business These directives were much like orders from a general Some Japanese people began to rebel against the growing central control the nation was taking They feared that democracy was being overridden for the sake of economic prosperity Other groups began to voice opinions regarding the direction they felt Japan should move in There were many forces pulling at Japan political demonstrations walkouts and strikes in Japans largest industries This was a time of crisis in modern Japanese history The Japanese had signed a treaty with the United States which scattered military bases and nuclear weapons throughout Japan Fearing the United States would use Japan as a battleground for the Cold War they were against the renewing of the treaty Kitchie however believed with the Americans responsible for their national security they could use their resources to build their economy Kitchie met with President Eisenhower and assured him the treaty would be passed by the time of his visit to Japan Fearing the protests could affect the passing of the treaty Kitchie used his power in nefarious ways to insure the passing of the treaty As a final attempt to stop the passing of the treaty the Socialist politicians tried to barricade the speaker in his chambers to prevent the vote Kitchie sent in troops to escort the speaker to the Diet Chamber to proceed with the vote Because there were no Socialists in the Chamber at the time of the vote the treaty was ratified
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