By Fintan Hoey
Utilizing lately published archival fabric from the USA and Japan, this e-book significantly re-examines US–Japanese kin throughout the tenure of Satō Eisaku, Japan’s longest serving top minister. in the course of those serious years within the chilly struggle in Asia, with the Vietnam warfare raging and the purchase by way of China of a nuclear power, Satō heavily aligned with the U.S.. This at once contributed to his luck in securing the reversion of Okinawa and different eastern territories which had remained lower than US keep watch over given that Japan’s hand over on the finish of global warfare II. to complete this he used to be additionally compelled to finish mystery agreements with President Richard Nixon, together with one on nuclear guns, that are explored totally. Satō confronted the problem of the Nixon administration’s makes an attempt to shore up the relative decline in American strength with regulations at odds with allied pursuits. Satō effectively overcame such demanding situations and likewise laid the basis for Japan’s anti-nuclear coverage.
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38 Satō was depressed by his meetings with the two South Vietnamese leaders since neither one expressed any enthusiasm for finding a peaceful solution to the war. Thieu noted that there was no way for the North and South to peacefully coexist since they had totally different political and economic systems. 39 For his part Ky observed that Saigon was open to negotiations. However, a bombing halt (which Hanoi demanded as a precondition) would give the North Vietnamese Army the opportunity to occupy the demilitarised zone with three or four divisions and hundreds of weapons.
He extolled the virtues of the late prime minister, who had steered Japan through its most difficult years in the aftermath of the defeat and destruction of the Second World War. For Satō, Yoshida was a great statesman, patriot, and a true representative of the Meiji era; he set Japan on a course towards peace and prosperity, though he had not been able to achieve the reversion of Okinawa. 46 Satō was well aware of how difficult this would be. Flying back to Tokyo from Saigon on the night of 21 October, he told Kusuda how large Yoshida loomed in his life.
This struck him as more than his superiors were likely to agree to. As a result he flew to Seattle to meet the prime minister who was en route to Washington. Johnson, expressing significant doubts regarding this formula during his impromptu meeting with Satō and alerted him to the significant gulf between the 34 Satō, America and the Cold War two sides that remained right up to the beginning of the summit. Satō also received word from Wakaizumi that matters remained undecided. 60 Satō had the first of two meetings with President Johnson on 14 November, the day following his arrival in Washington.