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It May Be Summit Time, But Tokyo Is Chilly

Given that Japan's economy is sinking further into recession each day and the world's top economists are clamoring for a rescue, and given that American officials, after long criticizing the Japanese government's inaction, have lately been trying to be conciliatory and quietly helpful, you might have thought that last weekend's bank-rescue agreement between Prime Minister KEIZO OBUCHI and the opposition would immediately encourage better relations with Washington. Wrong. Ever since an unproductive meeting between Treasury Secretary ROBERT RUBIN and Japanese Finance Minister KIICHI MIYAZAWA in San Francisco on Sept. 5, Miyazawa's office has dodged attempts to set further discussions with U.S....

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