Tokyo, Japan, December II, 1975: One year ago today, Mr. Herbert Armstrong and I were received by Japan's Prime Minister Takeo Miki, who had recently taken office. For more than seven years we had been working with the help of many of Mr. Miki's colleagues in the Japanese Diet, along with outstanding leaders from universities, industry, and society, to promote better understanding between the people of Japan and the United States - and. in addition, between the people of Japan and the nations of the developing world. Mr. Miki's predecessors, the late Eisaku Sato and Kakeui Tanaka, had given us much encouragement in what was a seemingly impossible task and one that was apparently at that time funning against a very strong tide. Secretary of State Kissinger, for example, had very deeply offended the Japanese and Prime Minister Sato, driving Japanese-American relations to their lowest postwar point. Mr. Kissinger had failed to consult Mr. Sato and other members of his government before his 1972 "secret mission" to China, causing Mr. Sato and his government to lose considerable face in Japan as well as in the entire free world and hastening the retirement of Prime Minister Sato.
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