United States President Richard Nixon welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka at the White House in Washington, U.
United States President Richard Nixon welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka at the White House in Washington, U.S.A., on Tuesday (July 31st), at the start of their two-day summit meeting. Later Mr. Tanaka laid a wreath at the Arlington Memorial.
This was their first meeting for eleven months, during which bitter feelings have sprung up between the two countries. The Japanese were shocked by President Nixon's failure to inform them in advance of his visit to The People's Republic of China last year and were annoyed by the recent embargo on soybean exports, a staple food for which they are almost entirely dependent on the U.S. The U.S., on the other, hand, feels its goods are not given full opportunity to compete in Japanese markets.
In his welcoming speech, President Nixon assured Mr. Tanaka that the U.S. would treat Japan as an equal partner and a world power in its own right. Mr. Tanaka was more reserved saying that the U.S. did not really understand Japan despite their friendship since Japan's defeat in the second world war. But the decision - reached during their talks - that President Nixon should visit Japan this year or in 1974 was interpreted to mean that good relations have now been re-established.