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US-Japan Trade / Fukuda / Strauss #54062

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 03, 1978
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(Studio) Agreement between President Carter and Japanese Prime Min. Fukuda on trade between 2 ntns. detailed; film shown.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(No location given) Concerns of Japan's trading partners over cntry.'s slow economy growth detailed; prices of Toyotas, Ford Pintos and beef cited as exs. Fukuda's announcement of plants to reassure trading partners prior to economy summit in July reported Robert Strauss' part in new Japanese econ. posture stated.
REPORTER: Stephanie Levinson

(DC) Robert Strauss' background as Texas Democrat, friend of John Connally and Lyndon Johnson and political of old school described. His popularity as member of President Carter's administration reported, with requests for his time from Senator Edward Kennedy, US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Patricia Harris and House speaker O'Neill and from Columbia Bus. School cited as exs. Strauss' position as trade negotiator, inflation adviser and unofficial political contact between White House and big business, labor and Congress outlined. [STRAUSS - tells senators he'll help.] Strauss' views of important put on his contact with President cited. [STRAUSS - says he can talk to Carter anytime he wants. Describes jobs.] Views of Strauss' friends with regard to his job as inflation adviser stated. [STRAUSS - talks about efforts to develop anti-inflation program for private sector. Discusses his popularity at present.]
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

Jarriel, Tom;
Levinson, Stephanie;
Mackin, Catherine

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