Pomp with Point

Welcome for an older brother

The welcome was as grand as protocol would allow. On his first visit to Washington since he assumed office last July, Japan's Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, 70, was greeted with a fanfare of trumpets, a 19-gun salute, a military guard in 1776 revolutionary raiment and the largest diplomatic dinner the Reagans have given in the White House. The 109 guests ranged from captains of industry to Cabinet members of both countries to James Clavell, author of the bestseller Shōgun, and Actor Richard Chamberlain, star of the TV miniseries based on Clavell's novel. The pomp had a point....

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