Presidents and Prime Ministers from seven of the world's most highly industrialised countries will be meeting in Tokyo on Thursday (June 28th) to try to chart their future economic strategy.
Presidents and Prime Ministers from seven of the world's most highly industrialised countries will be meeting in Tokyo on Thursday (June 28th) to try to chart their future economic strategy. Four of them attended the last economic summit meeting, in Bonn, West Germany, in July of last year. The other three will e making their first appearance on this particular stage.
SYNOPSIS: Signor Andreotti of Italy, President Carter of the United States, Chancellor Schmidt of West Germany and President Giscard D'Estaing of France: they were at the Bonn summit, and will be in Tokyo -- still struggling with much the same problems: inflation, unemployment, and the storage of energy supplies.
Mrs. Margaret Thatcher -- seen in London with Signor Andreotti -- will be representing Britain for the first time after her victory at the polls last month. Her Conservative government was elected on a specific programme of economic change, so she is the most likely of the newcomers to take a radially different view from her Labour predecessor, Mr. Callaghan. Elections dealt less kindly with Signor Andreotti -- here talking to the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington. He may be out of office shortly, when the cabinet-making process in Italy is complete. Mrs. Thatcher is already attracting interest in Japan, where women do not play much part in politics.
Mr. Joe Clark, the Canadian Prime Minister, is the other newcomer who had recently won a general election. Like Mrs. Thatcher, he is a Conservative, and his victory can be construed as a swing to the right. But the fact that he heads a Federation, deeply divided between French and English-speaking communities, forces him more towards consensus than towards radical change.
Mr. Clark will be introducing another woman politician to the summit. Miss Flora Macdonald -- on the left - is his Minister of External Affairs.
The third newcomer among the leaders is the host, Mr. Masayoshi Ohira -- who succeeded Mr. Takeo Fukuda as Prime Minister of Japan last December. In this case, no general election was involved. The change was caused by the internal processes of the ruling Japanese Liberal Democratic Party -- which again is Conservative.
Mr. Ohira had been Foreign Minister, Minister of International Trade, and Minister of Finance.
He is a quiet-spoken man, who believes in steady progress with one issue at a time, and is not expected to introduce an major policy changes. In a recent interview, he said he would do his best to see that the summit was worth-while, and that its results were helpful to entire world.