JAPAN: Mister Japan

As he surveyed the blue Pacific from his villa in the resort town of Atami last week, Japan's Premier Nbbusuke Kishi had an ache in his stomach ("Probably an off-color shrimp"), but he had joy in his heart. A year ago, Kishi's control over his faction-ridden Liberal Democratic Party was shaky and his popularity with Japan's masses at an alltime low. Last week his control over his cohorts was clear and undisputed, and his stock with the public soaring. "Today," said a Western diplomat, "Kishi is Mister Japan."

Best measure of able Premier Kishi's growing strength lay in the confusion...

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