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Tokyo eases its criticism of US in sinking incident

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY HILARY DEVRIES / April 21, 1981



Tokyo

The Japanese government backed away from its previous strong criticism of the United States over the accidental sinking of a Japanese freighter by an American Polaris missile submarine. Japanese Foreign Minister Masayoshi Ito said he was convinced the Americans were working in good faith to settl e the incident.

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