• Kyodo News


Dewi Sukarno, the widow of former Indonesian President Sukarno and now a TV celebrity in Japan, played the role of mediator in the 1960s between Sukarno and Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda.

Declassified Japanese diplomatic documents show that in a confidential official telegram dated Jan. 5, 1964, Ambassador to Indonesia Hiroo Furuuchi told Sukarno that Ikeda was hoping to hold talks with him “as conveyed in a message delivered by Miss Dewi.”

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