LAST FRIDAY, A FEW DAYS BEFORE HE LEFT FOR A STATE visit to Tokyo, President Clinton walked outside the White House for a photo op he was clearly looking forward to. Accompanied by Mickey Kantor, the tough-talking Trade Representative who later that day would be nominated to succeed Ron Brown as Secretary of Commerce, Clinton viewed a new Chrysler Neon, Ford Taurus and GM Cavalier--all equipped with right-hand steering wheels for sale in Japan. "Just four years ago," said Clinton, "if you had told me that I would see it, I'm not sure I would have believed it--right-hand-drive American models made...

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