Foreign Relations: Something for the Hat


"When I went to Washington in January 1965, Mr. Johnson gave me a ten-gallon Texas hat. This time I'd like to get something to go in the hat." Thus spoke Japan's Premier Eisaku Sato as he departed from Tokyo for a seven-day American tour. Before the week was out, Sato had won concessions from Lyndon Johnson on matters peculiarly sensitive to Japanese pride—but whether they totaled ten gallons was debatable.

Specifically, the Premier came to the U.S. to discuss America's retention of Okinawa and the Bonin Islands, both of which were Japanese...

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