JAPAN: Unworried Traveler

Premier Shigeru Yoshida, a barnacle-encrusted politician of 76, packed his beloved haori, hakama and tabi (ceremonial jacket, loose pants, split-toed white socks), put on his dark pin-stripe suit and wing collar, and whisked out to Tokyo's airport this week to begin a grand tour of North America and Europe.

A band of reporters persuaded the Premier into a pre-departure press conference, which he promptly took over with a rap of his cane on the floor. "I have something to say," he squeaked, "so I'll talk first." he was going to visit Canada, Britain, the Vatican, the Continent and the U.S....

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