British Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher met Japan's Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda and Foreign Minister Iichiro Hatoyama in Tokyo on Thursday (14 April) for talks centring on Asian security and the international economy.
EXTERIOR PRIME MINISTER'S RESIDENCE: INTERIOR THATCHER ENTERS CONFERENCE ROOM AND GREETED BY FUKUDA AND HATOYAMA: THATCHER SEATED WITH FUKUDA AND HATOYAMA AND TALKING.
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Background: British Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher met Japan's Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda and Foreign Minister Iichiro Hatoyama in Tokyo on Thursday (14 April) for talks centring on Asian security and the international economy.
Mrs. Thatcher, who arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday (13 April) after a six-day fact-finding tour to China, was invited by Prime Minister Fukuda in his role as President of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Official sources in Tokyo said the discussions between Mrs. Thatcher and Japanese government leaders touched on Asian security in light of the planned withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the Korean peninsula and Japan-China relations.
She was also expected to discuss Japan's four billion Dollar trade surplus with the European Economic Community last year and Japan's 550 million dollar surplus in bilateral trade with Britain.
During her three-day visit to Japan, Mrs. Thatcher will have a formal meeting with Emperor Hirohito and inspect a school and several factories. She will also have a breakfast discussion with members of the powerful Keidanren (Federation of Economic Organisation).
Mrs. Thatcher, who is accompanied by her daughter Carol, will leave for Hong Kong on Saturday (16 April) on the last leg of her 11-day Asian tour.