An Interview with Nakasone

"The U.S. and Japan are bound by destiny to help each other"

Despite the long hours that he is putting in at his new job, Yasuhiro Nakasone was relaxed last week in his spartan but spacious office in the 1920s-style official Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo. On the eve of his first meeting with Ronald Reagan, Nakasone, nattily attired in a well-cut gray suit and soft black leather loafers, discussed a wide range of U.S.-Japanese concerns with TIME's Tokyo bureau chief Edwin Reingold. Highlights:

On U.S.-Japanese friction: Japan has become the second largest economy in the free world, after the U.S., and it...

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