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Lockheed / Debt / Japan Scandal #42688

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 09, 1976
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(s) Lockheed says it can't meet May 15 deadline on $500 million loan guaranteed by federal government Report on effect of Lockheed scandal in Japan.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Tokyo, Japan) Nippon Airline representatives greet 15th of 21 Tri-Stars they ordered from Lockheed. [Pol. scientist Takashi KONAMI - says may be able to reveal facts about government-bus. collusion.] Japan watches hearings about scandal on TV. Ex-pres. airline, Tetsuo Oba, tells parliament he chose DC-ID airline and signed options for it. New president says not told about DC-ID options and denied that political leaders pressured him to buy Lockheed plane. Premier Takeo Miki would gain from exposing scandal. 2 ex-prems., Tanaka and Kishi could be involved. Scandal is godsend to opponents of conservative government Poll shows that 59% dissatisfied with way Miki handling investigation. Miki's party could be forced into coalition if United States reveals names of key officials. Japan embarrassed by scandal.
REPORTER: Irv Chapman

Chapman, Irv;
Smith, Howard K.

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