INTRODUCTION: East German head of state Erich Honecker told a press conference on Wednesday (27 May) that there was no evidence to support suggestions that Warsaw Pact countries would intervene in Poland.
GV Akasaka Palace, ZOOM INTO Honecker emerging with Emperor. Both stand to attention for national anthems
Honecker shakes hands with Crown Prince, Suzuki and others, then walks down red carpet
SV Crowds PAN TO Honecker walking down red carpet pas honour guard
GV Honecker being introduced to Cabinet members (2 shots)
SV Honecker getting into limousine
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Background: INTRODUCTION: East German head of state Erich Honecker told a press conference on Wednesday (27 May) that there was no evidence to support suggestions that Warsaw Pact countries would intervene in Poland. He was speaking after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki on the second day of his official visit to Japan - talks had reportedly involved disagreements between the two leaders over Poland and Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier in the day, the East German leader had an audience with Emperor Hirohito. The ceremonial nature of the occasion continued as the two heads of state stood for their respective national anthems.
Mr. Honecker was then introduced to Prime Minister Suzuki and Crown Prince Mikasa. Mr.Honecker, who is on his first official visit to Japan, has declared that he wants to double trade between the two countries by 1983 - and close the trade gap which last year saw Japan's exports to East Germany outstrip their imports by mort than two to one.
During the East German delegation's visit, talks will be held with Japanese companies about a 500 million dollar cracking plant, a 150-million dollar steel foundry and a 250-million dollar electronic appliance plant. East Germany is also expected to sign an agreement to import 10,000 Mazda cars this year. Despite the political disagreements between Mr. Honecker and the Japanese Premier, both leaders were careful to stress that this would not hamper trade relations. And on Thursday (28/5), East Germany concluded a commerce and navigation agreement with Japan, the first of its kind with a non-Communist country.