The Japanese Prime Minster, Mr Eisaku Sato, left Tokyo today (Wednesday) for a summit meeting with American President Richard Nixon in San Clemente, California.
The Japanese Prime Minster, Mr Eisaku Sato, left Tokyo today (Wednesday) for a summit meeting with American President Richard Nixon in San Clemente, California. Many Japanese hope the meeting will produce a now era of cooperation between the two countries.
The Prime Minister, aged 70, who is expected to retire within the next few months, will confer with the President Thursday and Friday. This will complete a series of five summit meetings arranged by President Nixon to brief American allies on his trip to the people's Republic of China next month.
The San Clemente talks primarily will cover U.S.-Japan trade relations which have been the source of considerable friction over the past three years.
But with the settlement of the international monetary crisis and the longstanding textile dispute between the two countries, most Japanese are now optimistic that a new era of cooperation and understanding will follow the San Clemente talks.
At rain-soaked Tokyo airport today, police outnumbered well-wishers there to farewell the Prime Minister and three senior cabinet ministers accompanying him.
Three-thousand riot police guarded Mr Sato while others searched all people entering the airport area. However, no incidents were reported.