JAPAN: Andrei Goes Courting

For the past five years, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko had simply been "too busy" to keep his end of a 1965 agreement calling for annual talks with the Japanese. All of a sudden, Gromyko is not too busy at all. From the moment he arrived at Tokyo's International Airport last week for a six-day stay, the normally dour Russian was the epitome of diplomatic affability.

Flashing uncharacteristic smiles, he toured a Toyota plant, called on Emperor Hirohito (with Mrs. Gromyko in tow) and magnanimously agreed to the release of 14 Japanese fishermen whom the Soviets had accused of poaching in...

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