Japan: Bowing Out

Suzuki ends a lackluster term

When Zenko Suzuki, 71, became Prime Minister of Japan 2¼ years ago, he confidently pledged to reduce the government bureaucracy, eliminate the budget deficit and promote a "politics of harmony." But Suzuki never made good on any of those promises. Faced with declining public support and growing dis content within his Liberal Democratic Party (L.D.P.), Suzuki told his advisers last week that he would not seek the nomi nation for the party presidency at its Oct. 16 meeting, thereby effectively resigning as Prime Minister. Said he:"I consider it...

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