Army officials in Washington have set up a Military Permit Review Board to consider the request of John K. Fairbank, '29, professor of History, to enter Japan, Fairbank said yesterday.
Fairbank tried to go to Japan last fall for a year's work in that country, but the Army denied his access "for security reasons." Fairbank is a member of the Institute of Pacific Relations, called a Communist-infiltrated group by Harold E. Stassen, president of the University of Pennsylvania, at a Senate hearing last fall.
There has been no word from Washington whether chances for the trip are hopeful or not Fairbank said. The only answer to his inquiries have been that the matter is "under consideration." Fairbank, of course, will continue his teaching duties here until he hears from Washington.