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.
April 24, 1988 |
Japanese farmers smashed and burned an American car, torched boxes of U.S. oranges and set fire to an American flag in a rally Saturday protesting U.S. demands that Japan end its restrictions on imported beef and oranges. Three members of Japan's Parliament, including former Vice Minister of Agriculture Seishiro Eto, attended the rally in the town of Kokonone in Kyushu in western Japan. The violence came as U.S. negotiators ended a week of meetings on trade with no new agreements. A U.S.