JAPAN: The Money Game

Who has the yen to succeed Eisaku Sato as Japan's Premier? The question is crucial because, in the election scheduled for next week within the powerful Liberal Democratic Party, whose president invariably becomes the next Premier, money had already begun to talk —and sometimes shriek. After Sato resigned with a farewell blast at the press—"I hate biased newspapers" —Japanese last week were counting not only the merits of the rival candidates but also the amounts of hard cash that they command.

Foreign Minister Takeo Fukuda, a financial expert who is closely aligned...

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