JAPAN: A Shokku Instead of a Split

For Japan it was the most spectacular domestic political shokku in years. In a move that startled ordinary citizens and politicians alike, the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party last week selected a little-known veteran politician, former Deputy Premier Takeo Miki, 67, as its president. When the Japanese Diet convenes this week for a special session at which Kakuei Tanaka will formally resign as Premier, the L.D.P. majority will ensure the election of Miki as Japan's twelfth postwar head of government.

In the speculation that followed Tanaka's announcement that he would...

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