February 25, 1991 |
A Japanese official expressed support for Israel on Sunday after some bitter complaints about Tokyo's policy toward the Jewish state during the Gulf War. Deputy Foreign Minister Hisashi Owada met with Foreign Minister David Levy and brought a message from Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama condemning Iraqi missile attacks on Israel and proclaiming solidarity with Israel, Israeli officials said.
January 29, 1991 |
For a clue on how pacifist, mercantile Japan fits into the complex patchwork of political interests in the Middle East, consider its relationship with Israel. For most of the past two decades, the Jewish state has been a virtual pariah in the eyes of this oil-thirsty and export-hungry economic giant. Japan bluntly and unapologetically chose to serve its strategic energy needs over its avowed commitment to the principles of free trade.
October 10, 1990 |
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.'s participation in an Arab-led boycott of Israel could complicate its efforts to purchase MCA Inc., whose chairman, Lew R. Wasserman, is one of Hollywood's leading supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes. Matsushita's policy, which has not been widely publicized, bars the Japanese electronics giant from conducting any direct trade with Israel. That policy would technically prevent Matsushita from selling MCA's movies and television shows to Israel. But U.S.
January 23, 1989 |
The Israeli government Sunday defended a new military crackdown on Palestinian protesters as a general strike closed down most of the occupied territories. The crackdown has caused record casualties, with at least 18 Palestinians being killed in the past 10 days and 52 admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds on Thursday and Friday alone.
June 27, 1988 |
Japan expects to dispense $10 billion annually in various forms of foreign aid over the next five years, and it hopes part of that sum will support its bid for a greater political role in the Middle East, a senior government official told Israeli leaders Sunday.