Japan's New Prime Minister: Pawn In A Power Game?

Just after Tsutomu Hata was assured of becoming Japan's Prime Minister, he called President Clinton and offered him help in getting the suspended trade talks back on track. But the new Prime Minister's expression of goodwill may not come to much. Hata's ruling coalition is splitting apart, threatening his ability to form a government. And even if he does manage to get a Cabinet approved, Hata, 58, still seems too weak to deliver much on trade--or anything else.

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