December 17, 1989 |
Many a visitor to Japan has a horror story, or two, to tell about Narita Airport. Minutes after arriving at the gateway to this land of affluence and high technology, the typical traveler must wade through endless lines at an immigration inspection, battle ludicrous crowds to board a limousine bus and grind molars during a frustrating two-hour freeway jam to a downtown hotel. It gets worse on the trip home.
September 23, 1989 |
A Chinese student wept during an immigration hearing Friday as she described her father's imprisonment during her country's Cultural Revolution and said she "would rather die" than return to her homeland. "If we return, it's like a Death Row. My life will be like my father's and many others," said Hoy Yu Li, 27, who along with her fiance, Luo Jian Guang, 32, fled China through Hong Kong and is seeking political asylum.
August 7, 1989 |
With the clang of a bell and the rush of 1,000 doves overhead, Hiroshima came to a standstill Sunday for a moment of silence to recall the world's first nuclear attack 44 years ago. About 50,000 people gathered in Peace Memorial Park to mark the anniversary of the city's destruction by a U.S. atomic bomb. Prime Minister Sosuke Uno said the memorial should "sound an alarm" for the future, and he said Japan should carry out more aggressive diplomacy to work for peace. At 8:15 a.m.
April 1, 1989 |
The Japanese, already saddled with the highest living expenses in the developed world, are going to be shelling out even more for most goods and services they purchase starting today. A controversial and unpopular 3% sales tax, the first of its kind in Japan, takes effect at midnight Friday amid a chain of revolts by local governments and widespread protests by consumers.
March 19, 1989 |
This tiny hamlet of sugar cane farmers, nestled quietly in a thick forest in the north of Okinawa, is waging a symbolic battle that may signal a new era in the military alliance binding the United States and Japan. The U.S. Marine Corps wants to build a landing pad about a mile away to train Marines in the tactical use of Harrier jets, a combat aircraft that can take off and land vertically.
February 24, 1989 |
Emperor Hirohito, a man once despised by much of the world as the symbol of ruthless Japanese military aggression, was honored by the international community today as kings, presidents and other representatives of 163 countries attended his elaborate state funeral.
February 18, 1989 |
Until Emperor Hirohito's death, a taboo prohibited any discussion here of his role in World War II and his responsibility for it. Shinto rites that the emperor carried out as chief priest of the once-militaristic religion stirred little controversy, despite a clause in Japan's postwar constitution that mandates separation of religion and politics. His public appearances and occasional news conferences attracted minimal coverage in the media.
February 17, 1989 |
The "Imperial Funeral Excess Security Hot Line" rings steadily these days in Hachioji, a suburb on the western outskirts of the capital where the late Emperor Hirohito is to be buried next week. Most of the calls are threatening, apparently made by right-wing extremists with little tolerance for any criticism of Japan's millennium-and-a-half-old emperor system, the hot line's operators say.
November 20, 1988 |
Due north of here is a stretch of coastline noted for its fine scenery as well as for a somewhat more ambivalent distinction: having one of the highest concentrations of nuclear power plants in the world. They call it the "Nuclear Ginza," after Tokyo's glittering shopping district, but the shore along Wakasa Bay on the Sea of Japan is beginning to lose some of its luster for the residents of nearby Kyoto.