Asia: New Angles

Hiding behind dark glasses and a pseudonym, a pretty young girl last week emerged from Tokyo's Jujin Hospital of Cosmetic Surgery. She had given her name as Miss Dang Tuyet Mai of South Viet Nam. But from the moment she arrived, she had got special attention—as befits the First Lady of any nation. For the patient was, in fact, Madame Nguyen Cao Ky, 24-year-old wife of the Premier of South Viet Nam.

Why had she visited one of Japan's foremost plastic-surgery clinics? "We cannot reveal what sort of treatment Madame came for," volunteered a doctor on the Jujin staff. "That would...

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