Japan Voice of the Nation, Voice of God

Voters worried by economic troubles turn to Nakasone

For a while, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone had seemed headed for a forced retirement. Both Japanese and international opinion makers predicted that his chances for a third term in office after this month's parliamentary elections were all but nil. After the Tokyo economic summit in May, Nakasone appeared to be in deep trouble, having failed to persuade Japan's major trading partners to cool off the country's overheated currency. Worse, Japan's $ gross national product recently declined by .5%, the first such drop in eleven years. His policies of "administrative reform," aimed at curbing exports, cutting government expenditures and opening up...

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