The World: Premier Tanaka: A New Pitcher

IN explaining what his leadership would mean for Japan, Premier Kakuei Tanaka resorted to some Nixon-like rhetoric. "It's a change of pitchers, not a change of the team," he told TIME Correspondent Herman Nickel. In a 90-minute interview, the new pitcher discussed some of the issues that will be the immediate concern of his team.

CHINA: Since 1949, Japan has followed U.S. policy in withholding recognition, despite strong pro-Chinese agitation from the opposition parties. But since the Peking summit, the government painfully has had to reassess its position. "It is necessary for China and Japan to re-establish diplomatic relations. That is quite...