JAPAN: Unity Candidate

Deals in a smoke-filled room

At a reception for foreign dignitaries attending funeral services for Masayoshi Ohira, friends introduced the smiling, self-assured man as "our next Prime Minister." He vigorously shook hands with Chinese Premier Hua Guofeng, and confided to President Carter: "I should like to do my best to develop the relationship with your country further."

Barring an unlikely last-minute reversal of form, Liberal Democratic Party members of Japan's Diet (parliament) will meet this week to elect—unanimously, according to most predictions—a new party president to succeed Ohira, who died four weeks ago....

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