JAPAN: Communications Gap

Describing relations between the U.S. and Europe recently, Japan's Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ohira somewhat enviously mused: "Blood is thicker than water." As for U.S. relations with Japan, Ohira added ruefully: "It takes twice the effort to even comprehend each other."

As a matter of fact, Tokyo is beginning to wonder these days if Washington has any desire to communicate at all with the country it has so frequently trumpeted as "our most important ally in Asia." The Nixon shokku of 1971, when former Premier Eisaku Sato was told of Washington's dramatic policy...

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