What with the rough domestic and international weather that has hit the regime of Japan's Premier Eisaku Sato, 71, it has been clear for months that he has been waiting only for the proper moment to retire. Now that one of his central ambitions—the reversion of Okinawa to Japanese control—is an accomplished fact (TIME, May 22), Sato has evidently decided that the moment has come. The word is out in Tokyo that he will announce the close of his eight-year premiership to a caucus of his Liberal Democratic parliamentary majority late this week....

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