Liberal Democrat members of the Japanese Parliament will be meeting in tokyo on thursday (23 December) to choose a new Prime Minister and party leader.
JAPAN CU FUKUDA walking in garden
LV INT Fukuda at talks with Gromyko (4 shots)
SV Fukuda down steps and waves
SV OHIRA Tanaka leads Ohira into room, they meet S. Korean delegation (2 shots)
CU Ohira seated with above (2 shots)
SV U.S.A. Ohira seated with Nixon (3 shots)
SV MIYAZAWA walking with President Ford to aircraft
CU Miyazawa seated curing talks with Gromyko (4 shots)
SCU Miyazawa seated during talks with a P.L.O delegation (4 shots)
CHINA: SV KOSAKA down steps of plane and greeted (2 shots)
S. KOREA: B/W; Demonstrators around Kosaka's car and Kosaka being greeted (3 shots)
JORDAN: SV Kosaka being greeted by Zaid Al-Fifai, and seated during talks (5 shots)
JAPAN: SV MAEO taking his seat in parliament, and speaking to the house (3 shots)
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Background: Liberal Democrat members of the Japanese Parliament will be meeting in tokyo on thursday (23 December) to choose a new Prime Minister and party leader. This follows the announcement last week by the present Prime Minister, Mr. Takeo Miki, that he intends to resign.
SYNOPSIS: At present, Mr. Takeo Fukuda looks the most likely to be chosen. He will be 72 next month, and has been Deputy Prime Minister.
As foreign Minister, in 1972, Mr. Fukuda had the task of negotiating with the soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Gromyko for a peace treaty between the Soviet Union and Japan. But he is primarily an economist; has been Minister of Finance three times; and if elected, would concentrate on getting the Japanese economy moving again out of its present stagnation. He resigned from Mr. Miki's government shortly before the recent general election and fought an independent campaign; and Mr. Miki is reported to be against his being chosen as successor.
The influential former Prime Minister, Mr. Tanaka, is backing Mr. Fukuda rather than Mr. Masayoshi Ohira. these two were rivals when efforts were made earlier this year to replace Mr. Miki. But Mr. Ohira himself is now supporting Mr. Fukuda. He succeeded Mr. Fukuda as Foreign Minister, and as the younger man, may now hope to succeed him as Prime Minister.
Mr. Kiishi Miyazawa has also been Foreign Minister, and met President Ford during a brief stop in Tokyo on his way to China last December. He too had a share in the protracted discussions with the Soviet Union about a peace treaty. Mr. Miyazawa, at 57, is the youngest of the men whose names have been mentioned as possible candidates to succeed Mr. Miki. He finds his support among the younger members of his party, who want to bet away from the factional fighting which they believe was responsible for its relatively poor showing in the recent election. Here, Mr. Miyazawa is receiving a delegation from the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
Mr. Zentaro Kosaka is the present Foreign Minister, though he was out of office when he went to China in 1974. Sixteen years ago, when he was in the same post, he ran in to noisy anti-Japanese demonstrations in Seoul, the south Korean capital. Mr. Kosaka, who is 64, comes from a long line of public servants, and is highly respected in Japan. He has been Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Economic Planning. In this capacity, he led a Japanese delegation to Jordan, Lebanon and some of the Arab states of North Africa, to try to build up their trade with Japan.
Mr. Shigesaburo Maeo is the present Speaker of the Lower House. He has not agreed to run, but could be a compromise candidate in the event of a deadlock. Mr. Maeo is said to be Mr. Miki's own choice as a successor.