Japan: A Vote for Strong Leadership

The new Prime Minister: decisive, agile and pro-American

In a country famed for its advanced technology, the vote-counting ceremony in Tokyo last week had a strangely archaic flavor. White-jacketed party workers carried cardboard boxes full of ballots across the floor of the city's cavernous harbor-front International Trade Fair exhibition hall. They tallied 974,150 mail-in votes by hand, then stuffed the ballots into green plastic baskets for a final scrutiny by election referees. Finally came the announcement that 58% of the members of the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party (L.D.P.) had picked Yasuhiro Nakasone, 64, to...