In Need of a Break

Fresh from a battering at home, Hosokawa hopes for gentler treatment from Bill Clinton

The old routine was simple: Uncle Sam stamped his feet in anger over Japan's huge trade surplus, and a smiling Japanese Prime Minister turned up in Washington with vague promises to buy American -- or at least to sell fewer Toyotas in the U.S. When Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa arrives in Washington this week, he will undoubtedly be smiling, but whether he will accommodate Bill Clinton's demands that Japan back its vows with hard numbers is another matter. The advance men for both leaders have spent seven months talking trade, but so far all they have achieved is frustration, while Japan's...

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