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November 11, 1983
Addressed the Japanese Diet—1st U.S. Pres. ever to do so. Very well received. P.M. said no other head of state had ever received such applause. Then a reception for Diet leaders. Back to Akasaka for reception Japanese & Am. Press. Then helicoptered across city to the outskirts and landed at a school where we were greeted by 100’s of school children waving Am. flags. From there we motored up into the wooded hills to Nakasone’s hideaway—a tiny, typical Japanese home where we sat on the floor & had a real Japanese lunch. Back at Akasaka the Emperor came over to officially say good bye. Our team had a short meeting to compare notes & see if we’d left anything undone regarding the problems we’d come to discuss. Then a meeting with our very fine Ambas. to the Philippines. Taped my Sat. radio show, did 2 interviews T.V. one for Japan & one for Korea. Met with a group of our servicemen & women celebrating the Marine’s 209th birthday. Dinner & another massage. The trip was a success. The Japanese had provided the utmost in security—22,000 men.