Trade Hawks Want Tokyo's Blood. Bush Wants A Few Concessions

When Japanese politicians look back on the gulf war, they think Tokyo's generous $13 billion contribution to Operation Desert Storm should buy them a respite from Washington's relentless demands for access to their markets. When congressional trade hawks look at the same donation, they see a cynical exercise in checkbook diplomacy--and feel the time is ripe for new trade sanctions. "The Japanese have a public-relations disaster on their hands," an Administration official says. "Everyone who has an ax to grind is going to take a run at them."

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