Japan: The Pilgrim on Flight 800

Traditionally, a new Japanese Prime Minister does nothing until he has made his pilgrimage to the Ise Grand Shrines, humbly to request the support of Shinto gods. These days he also goes to Washington. Off last week on Japan Air Lines' Flight No. 800 flew Premier Eisaku Sato, 63, for his first trip to the U.S. since he took over from ailing Hayato Ikeda two months ago.

Son of a Honshu sake bottler, Sato earned a degree from Tokyo University law school, started work as a government railways stationmaster, quickly rose to the post of Deputy...

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