SUMMITRY: Tanaka's Life Buoy

Japan's tough, wary Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka was positively lyrical last week as he ended a four-day visit to Moscow. Addressing a farewell press conference, he declared: "Our relations with the Soviet Union can be compared with the smooth, calm flow of the Moscow River. The atmosphere of our talks was as sunny as the fine weather here this week." It was, of course, an exaggeration, but understandable in the circumstances. The atmosphere during the first three days of Tanaka's talks with Kremlin leaders had more closely resembled a squall on the Black Sea. But on the last...

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