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Page 14-Wednesday, July 9, 1980-The Michigan Daily
OVERSHADOWS OHIRA'S MEMORIAL SERVICE
Carter, Guofeng to confer

TOKYO (AP)-President Carter flew to Tokyo
yesterday to take part in Japan's biggest post-war
diplomatic gathering-memorial services for the late
Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira.
But the solemn rites for the 70-year-old Japanese
leader, who died of a heart attack June 12, will be
overshadowed by Carter's meeting with China's
Premier Hua Guofeng.
THE TWO ARE to confer Thursday morning before
Carter heads home on the final lap of a 60-hour jaunt
halfway around the world and back.
The meeting was expected to be Carter's only en-
counter of more than ceremonial nature. But the
American chief executive may also bring up the sen-
sitive issue of Japanese automobile exports in his
meetings with Japanese officials.
Diplomatic sources said the meeting with Hua
would underscore the growing relationship between
the United States and China. By taking place on
Japanese soil, the sources said, it also would em-

phasize the mutual ties between those countries and
Japan, and their burgeoning three-way alliance
against increased Soviet presence in the western
Pacific.
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE today at the Budokan,
anartial arts hall near the Imperial Palace in cen-
tral Tokyo, will be attended by another
president-Zaiur Rahman of Bangladesh-six prime
ministers and an assortment of other cabinet
ministers, ambassadors and other representatives
from 107 countries.
Foreign Ministry officials said it was perhaps the
largest assemblage of foreign dignitaries in Japan's
history.
Ohira's death left Japan without an elected leader
and the senior Japanese official at the memorial
will be Acting Prime Minister Masayoshi Ito.
CARTER IS TO MEET with 79-year-old Emperor
Hirohito briefly, then with Ito and Mrs. Ohira after
the memorial service.

He was also to meet with Zenko Suzuki, the heir-
apparent to Ohira's jobs as president of the ruling,
Liberal Democrat Party and prime minister. Suzuki,
a little-known but respected politician, has emerged
in recent days as the most likely successor to Ohira.
Hua also was to meet with Australia's Prime
Minister Malcolm Fraser and Thai Prime Minister
Prem Tinsulonoda. Diplomatic sources said these
meetings would show those governments' concern
over Soviet-backed Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia
and recent border incursions into Thailand.
In contrast with the top-level representation from
the United States and China, the Soviet Union was to
be represented by its ambassador to Japan, Dimitri
Polyansky.
Carter was bringing along Secretary of State Ed-.
mund Muskie for his first visit to Japan in that role,
and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Hua's 16-member entourage included Deputy
Foreign Minister Han Nianlong.

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Carter unveils auto aid plan

(Continued fromPagel)
* A call to the Department of Tran-
sportation to halt issuance of majgr
safety rules during the calendar year,
and to review light truck fuel economy
standards for 1983-1985;
" A program to provide at least $50
million to communities and firms
severely affected by the transition to
small, fuel-efficient autos;
" Broadening of the administration's
Trade Adjustment Assistance program
to ensure that dislocated workers in
both the auto supply and production in-
dustries receive its full protection;
" Grants to local governments to
support the re-use of existing facilities
and to fund additional infrastructure
needed to attract new private invest-
ment;
* Small Business Administration
loan guarantees to auto dealers,
totalling between $200 million and $400
million, to help them finance their auto
inventories;
" The speed-up of a Treasury Depar-
tment study of motor vehicle industry
tax depreciation guidelines; and,
* Continued pressure on the
Japanese government to remove

barriers that hinder the importation of
American cars and auto parts, and en-
couragement of Japanese auto com-
panies to invest in the U.S.
"This package of proposals is just a
first step," Carter said. "I have asked
the leaders of business and labor to join
with me to form a continuing auto in-
dustry committee in the coming years.
"We are all in this together," he con-
tinued, "and we have great hopes for
great strides forward. Today is an im-
portant day in the life of our country."
Carter said the easing of some en-
vironmental regulations called for in
the program "do not violate our com-
mitments to the maintenance of our en-
vironment.
"We will be very cautious in the
future in promoting new regulations,"
he explained, "but we will not let our
standards degenerate."
UAW Chairman Douglas Fraser,
when asked if he thought the proposals
would help put auto workers back on
the job in the short run, said, "Nothing
can be done immediately. I believe we
are in for difficult times for a long
period, I have never kidded myself
nkn--"hia"1

Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacoc-
ca echoed Fraser's gloomy outlook.
"We have at least a difficult six more
months ahead of us," he said. "Today
can be an historic day if we keep it up."
However, General Motors Chairman
Thomas Murphy said "in the near
future, we'll see improvement.
"The extra effort by the president in
coming here speaks to his commitment
to the revival of the nation's auto in-
dustry," he continued. "This is a very
important first step for the country. I
think we can make progress, and prove
that the U.S. auto industry can produce
good products."
After spending little more than an
hour here, Carter flew to Japan for a
memorial service for Masayoshi Ohira,
the late Japanese prime minister. The
president said he hadn't decided
whether he would discuss the auto im-
port problem with Japanese officials at
that time.
Japanese imports accounted for 22
per cent of all autos sold in the U.S. last
month. One year ago, that figure stood at
about 16 per cent. The auto industry
chiefs and labor executives have made
repeated calls on the Carter ad-

ministration to place import quotas on
the autos, but the proposal presented
today did not address that option.
Vice President Walter Mondale, who
flew here late Monday night with U.S.
Trade Representative Reubin Askew,
Treasury Secretary G. William Miller,
Transportation Secretary Neil Gold-
schmidt, domestic policy advisor
Stuart Eizenstadt, and Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator
Douglas Costle, held preliminary con-
ferences with the top labor and auto in-
dustry executives prior to their meeting
with Carter.
Mondale called the plan "good news
for Detroit, good news for the auto
worker, and good news for the nation."
The GOP, however, was reportedly,
irked by the arrival of the Democratic
cadre less than one week before the
opening session of its national conven-
tion here, and labeled it a politically
motivated stopover.
"Mr. Carter has a lot of nerve even
showing up in this city," Republican
Party Chairman Bill Brock said
yesterday, "a city that has suffered un-
der the weight of his failed economic
policies."

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