Edward Heath, the first ever British Prime Minister to go to Japan, arrived in Tokyo on Saturday (16 September) for a four-day visit.
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Background: Edward Heath, the first ever British Prime Minister to go to Japan, arrived in Tokyo on Saturday (16 September) for a four-day visit.
On the diplomatic front, this September is of huge importance for Japan. At the beginning of the month, newly elected Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, met President Nixon. At the end of the month, he flies to the People's Republic of China.
All this activity has rather eclipsed Mr Heath's visit in the eyes of the Japanese public. Nevertheless, there are important issues to be discussed between Japan and British.
Not least of these is the growing imbalance in Anglo-Japanese trade - in Japan's favour. Last year Japanese exports to Britain amounted to 85 million pounds sterling (205 million dollars).
During his visit, both in talks with Mr Tanaka and with Japanese businessmen, Mr Heath has stressed that Japan must be prepared to open her home market end to exercise restraint on her exports. No trade agreement was expected as the outcome of the talks.
'If a country is going to try and protect its interest and build up a great trade surplus and at the some time damage trade in other countries, there will be no stable expansion in world trade,' said Mr Heath.
Mr Tanaka, recalling that Emperor Hirohito had visited Great Britain last year, told Mr Heath that he hoped 'the day is not far off when Queen Elizabeth will visit this country.'
SYNOPSIS: After a weekend of sight-seeing and relaxation, Edward Heath, the first ever British Prime Minister to visit Japan, arrived for talks with Japanese Prime Minister, Kakuei Tanaka. There are no political problems to be settled between the two countries, but Mr Heath made it clear that British industry is concerned by the sudden and large increase of Japanese exports to Britain.
He warned Japanese businessmen: 'If a country is going to try and protect its interest and build up a great trade surplus, and at the same time damage trade in other countries, there will be no stable expansion in world trade. "Mr Heath said that the talks with Mr Tanaka had revealed that both Prime Ministers think alike on international problems.