The World: Kakuei Tanaka: The U.S. Comes First

The brief political honeymoon that followed the election of Kakuei Tanaka, 54, as Premier of Japan is now clearly over. Last week, in the study of his official residence, an embattled but still cheerful Tanaka discussed some of the domestic and international challenges facing his Liberal-Democratic government with Time Inc. Editor in Chief Hedley Donovan and Tokyo Bureau Chief Herman Nickel. Excerpts:

JAPAN'S RELATIONS WITH THE U.S.: Relations with China will become important, but relations with the U.S. come first. The Japanese attitude toward China has been split around 50-50 pro and con closer...

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