FROM his first election speech last month, when he stood atop an aqua and yellow campaign bus, Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato staked his political life on support of Japan's security pact with the U.S. It was no small gamble. Only last January, riot police had to use fire hoses to control more than 800 militantly antiwar students who tried to keep the USS Enterprise crew from taking shore leave in Sasebo. In April, Tokyo housewives marched in protest against the opening of a hospital for U.S. troops wounded in Viet Nam, and a month...

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