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Japanese Diet names
Suzuki to assume
control of government
TOKYO (AP) - Zenko Suzuki, a in Japan's defense spending.
veteran politician little known outside HIS MAJOR task on the domestic
his country, was formally chosen front will be to cut Japan's inflation
yesterday as Japan's prime minister rate, now running at 6.4 per cent, and
and within hours announced a Cabinet attempt financial and budgetary
that reflected his pledge to bring new reforms which Ohira failed to accom-
harmony to the government, plish.
In a Diet (parliament) vote, the 69- Suzuki also is expected to try to bring
year-old Suzuki collected 291 of ,509 the Liberal Democratic Party, badly
votes to become Japan's 15th post- splintered in recent months by internal
World War II prime minister, feuding, back together. His first move
HE HAD BEEN a surprise com- as prime minister was to announce a
promise choice, overcoming several Cabinet lineup that included key figures
better-known rivals to succeed the late from each of the party's rival factions.
Masayoshi Ohira, who died June 12 of a A holdover from Ohira's Cabinet was
heart attack at the age of 70, virtually Acting Prime Minister Masayoshi Ito,
on the eve of a parliamentary election. who was named foreign minister, one of
The ruling conservatives, who have the three most important ministerial
governed the nation for the past 30 posts.
years, swept to a resounding victory The new prime minister has never
June 22 in elections called after Ohira's held any of the top Cabinet posts and his
government failed a confidence vote. only major role in foreign affairs has
A longtime ally of Ohira in the ruling been limited to negotiating a 1977
Liberal Democratic Party, Suzuki was fishing agreement with the Soviet
seen as certain to continue the pro- Union.
business and pro-West policies that The only surprise in the 21-member
have included close ties - despite Cabinet lineup was the choice of
growing trade frictions - with the Yasuhiro Nakasone, one of Suzuki's
United States, and a gradual increase former chief rivals for prime minister.
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Bark is worse than any bite. And the more bites you take, the worse the
bark gets. Just ask Indiana State University sophomore Jay Gwaltney, who
ate an 11-foot birch tree to earn $10,000 and the title of crown prince of the
bizarre. "It took three days, but I ate all of it-branches leaves, roots
everything. It was bitter-really terrible," the rural Zionsvile, Ind. resideni
said. Gwaltney took first prize in Chicago radio station WKQZ's contest to
determine how far people would go to win $10,000. His culinary feat topped
the efforts of two men who dressed as giant tomatoes and sailed down the
Chicago River in a boat disguised as a taco shell, and of another fellow who
buried 101 people in sand at a beach and led them in patriotic songs. Nancy
Reagan, who fell flat on her face a la Chevy Chase at the Republican
National Convention Wednesday night, had not entered the contest. Q
It was billed as the slowest sport on four feet, but more than 100 fans
turned out to see 69 turtles crawl through Baltimore's 39th Annual
Chesapeake Turtle Derby. A turtle framed Noon News, entered by WMAR-
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and crown. Art Norman, a WMAR reporter who coached the winner, said the
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On the outside
The Daily welcomes the return of normal summer weather. Conditions
are expected to remain mostly fair with the high temperature inching
toward the 85' mark.
AAFC-The Conversation, 7, 9p.m., MLB 3.
Cinema II-Easy Rider, 7:30, 9:30 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Cinema Guild-The Thin Man, 7:30, 9:30 p.m., Old Arch Aud.
Ann Arbor Public Library-Rebecca, 7:30 p.m., 343 S. Fifth Ave.
Arbecoll Theatrics-"Side by Side by Sondheim,'' 7 p.m., Michigan
RC/Brecht Co.-"The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui," 8 p.m., Res. Col.
Michigan Repertory '80-Blithe Spirit," 89p.m., Power Ctr.
The Venue-Larry Steele will hold a performance and workshop for
children ages 7-14, 10 a.m.-noon, Pendleton Rm., Union.
School of Metaphysics-rap session, "Fear and the Unconscious Mind,"
7:30 p.m., 2192 Main St.
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Friday, July 18, 1980
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