ASIA: Honorable Settlement

In a face-saving deal likely to raise incredulous eyebrows in both countries, South Korea and Japan last week moved to bury the affair of Kim Dae Jung. The case involved the leading opposition spokesman, whose abduction from a Tokyo hotel room had been eroding ties between the two countries for the past three months.

After a week of intensive negotiations, South Korea dispatched Prime Minister Kim Jong Pil to Japan to bow and offer an apology for the kidnaping to Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. Under the terms of the compromise, the government of President Chung Hee Park conceded that the chief...

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