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October 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
Ryohei Murata, former administrative vice minister for foreign affairs, will be Japan's new ambassador to the United States, the Foreign Ministry said.
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February 18, 1992 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Takakazu Kuriyama, 60, Japan's ambassador-designate to Washington, predicted Monday that U.S.-Japanese relations are in for a "crucial period of mutual adjustment" and warned that "our whole relationship is going to be in serious trouble" if a "Buy American" campaign against Japanese products becomes widespread.
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February 18, 1992 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Takakazu Kuriyama, 60, Japan's ambassador-designate to Washington, predicted Monday that U.S.-Japanese relations are in for a "crucial period of mutual adjustment" and warned that "our whole relationship is going to be in serious trouble" if a "Buy American" campaign against Japanese products becomes widespread.
NEWS
October 7, 1989 | From Associated Press
Ryohei Murata, former administrative vice minister for foreign affairs, will be Japan's new ambassador to the United States, the Foreign Ministry said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1985 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
In one of rock's more peculiar traditions, marginal heavy-metal bands from England or America would often travel to Japan and somehow end up deified there. In what might be considered atonement for creating this "zero to hero" effect, Japan has spawned Loudness, a melodious metal outfit that turned in a strong, perky performance Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium.
NEWS
March 14, 1985 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Nobuo Matsunaga, ambassador-designate to the United States, said Wednesday that relations between Japan and the United States have reached "a very critical moment." His comment came a day after Saburo Okita, a former foreign minister who now heads a Cabinet advisory committee on external economic problems, declared that "sentiment in the United States is like that before the outbreak of a war." Okita, who just returned from a visit to Washington, also said that Japan-U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989 | SPENCER S. HSU, Times Staff Writer
A flash of hair, a glimpse of a sweat-beaded torso and the frenetic motion of limbs to a disco-funk beat. It's not a workout room, the latest dance movie or an advertisement for an athletic shoe. It's Venice Beach, and it's the weekend. Spend 15 minutes at this seaside bazaar and you'll see the world, a television documentary once declared.
BUSINESS
February 8, 1988 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
When a group of Americans working in Japan gathered to share their interest in wine, they decided that they should raise the awareness of U.S. wines--95% of which come from California. So they began forming a group and called upon some influential Japanese, including one of Japan's former ambassadors to the United States, a senior executive of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the editor of Japan's leading wine magazine and a world-famous sumo wrestler.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | SPENCER S. HSU, Times Staff Writer
A flash of hair, a glimpse of a sweat-beaded torso and the frenetic motion of limbs to a disco-funk beat. It's not a workout room, the latest dance movie or an advertisement for an athletic shoe. It's Venice Beach, and it's the weekend. Spend 15 minutes at this seaside bazaar and you'll see the world, a television documentary once declared.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2010 | By Charles Burress
America's first fascination with Japan flared -- and disappeared -- like fireworks. Before J-Pop, or the American discovery of Zen, or even the reshaping of Impressionism by the Japonisme aesthetic in the late 1800s, the United States was seized by a wave of Japan mania that started in California 150 years ago this month and that is barely remembered today. Anniversary events in San Francisco and on the East Coast are commemorating a strange East-plops-into-West odyssey that began when a large group of Japanese samurai stepped out of more than two centuries of cultural seclusion, boarded two ships and steeled their courage to make history's first official Japanese visit to America.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1985 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
In one of rock's more peculiar traditions, marginal heavy-metal bands from England or America would often travel to Japan and somehow end up deified there. In what might be considered atonement for creating this "zero to hero" effect, Japan has spawned Loudness, a melodious metal outfit that turned in a strong, perky performance Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium.
NEWS
March 14, 1985 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Nobuo Matsunaga, ambassador-designate to the United States, said Wednesday that relations between Japan and the United States have reached "a very critical moment." His comment came a day after Saburo Okita, a former foreign minister who now heads a Cabinet advisory committee on external economic problems, declared that "sentiment in the United States is like that before the outbreak of a war." Okita, who just returned from a visit to Washington, also said that Japan-U.S.
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