Japan: Picking a New Premier

"Sato is liked by business executives," observed a Tokyo industrialist. "Kono is liked by barbers and taxi drivers." Both men — Eisaku Sato, 63, and Ichiro Kono, 66 — are even more warmly admired by rival factions of the ruling Conservative-Liberal Party. Last week they became hot rivals in a power struggle for the premiership of Japan. Their opportunity came when Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda, who has been hospitalized for eight weeks with a throat tumor, handed in his resignation.

"Three Pillars." Ikeda will be missed.

At home he had dealt pliably and efficiently with the recalcitrant Socialist opposition, promoted an...

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