JAPAN: Bulldozer on the Skids?

KAKUEI TANAKA was the most startlingly fresh figure to appear in Japanese politics in a quarter-century when he became Japan's eleventh postwar Premier six months ago. Suddenly, though, "the Computerized Bulldozer," as he is popularly known, has begun to slip gears and, some say, lose direction. Tanaka's standing is likely to slide further when the Diet reconvenes this week; a sharp devaluation of his abilities has already occurred in the corridors of Japanese political power.

"Today," reports TIME Correspondent Herman Nickel, "it is the majority view among political soothsayers in Tokyo that...

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