Prime Minister Eisaku Sato said in an interview in Tokyo this week that he did not think President Nixon should visit Japan on his way to the People's Republic of China.
MV Interviewer facing Prime Minister Sato
Interviewer opens "President Nixon..."
CU Sato listens & replies in Japanese
MV Interviewer & Sato listen to interpreter
CU Interviewer ask questions "Mr Chou En-lai..."
CU Sato answering
Interviewer asks question "Do you think..." ZOOM IN Sato
CU Sato answering interpreter's voice over.
Interviewer talking with Prime Minister Sato
TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "President Nixon is going to be making a trip to China very soon, would you like to see him stop in Tokyo on the way to China, or on the way back?
INTERPRETATION INTO JAPANESE
SATO SPEAKING: IN JAPANESE
INTERPRETER: "Since the subject is what it is, I feel that it would be most desirable for Mr Nixon to go direct to Peking".
INTERVIEWER "Well, Mr Chou En-lai has said you would not be welcomed in China, how do you feel about that Mr Sato?"
INTERPRETER: OVER SATO. "I have gone on record that I would like to go to Peking. but it appears I would not be welcome".
INTERVIEWER: "Do you think if Japan's policy towards Taiwan changed, do you think you could then be welcome?
INTERPRETER OVER SATO: "My thinking has been the same all along. I believe there is one China. Mao Tse-Tung has indicated he believes there is one China and Chiang Kai-Shek has also indicated the same. In this sense I think that I agree".
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Background: Prime Minister Eisaku Sato said in an interview in Tokyo this week that he did not think President Nixon should visit Japan on his way to the People's Republic of China. Mr Sato gave his views on President Nixon's trip in an interview with National Broadcasting Company correspondent John Rich. During the same interview Mr Sato said that his country would not retaliate against the United States for having imposed a ten per cent import surcharge.
The interview is carried out with the help of an interpreter.