June 26, 2001 |
A Japanese fighter jet conducting training on the northern island of Hokkaido mistakenly strafed a parking lot, smashing the rear window of a car and penetrating the roof of a garage. There were no injuries, police spokesman Akihiro Ishikawa said. But the Defense Ministry apologized and suspended all Air Self-Defense Force training involving shooting.
March 7, 2001 |
A former Japanese naval officer, arrested last year in Japan's biggest spy scandal in two decades, was handed a 10-month jail sentence today for passing military secrets to Russia, a court official said. Shigehiro Hagisaki, 38, a former lieutenant commander in the Maritime Self-Defense Force, was arrested in September on suspicion of giving classified documents to a Russian attache.
February 7, 2001 |
We will never see their faces, hear their cries or know their names. But Japanese journalist Yayori Matsui is among activists determined to keep the memories of 200,000 murdered girls alive. And to change the attitudes that made possible the tragedy of their brief lives and brutal deaths during World War II. Matsui, chairwoman of the Violence Against Women in War Network in Japan and a chief organizer of the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery (held Dec.
December 13, 2000 |
Midway through a genteel, abstract discussion about America and Asia here last month, a Japanese businessman suddenly launched into a tirade about the difficulties his company was having in China. The Chinese make promises and don't keep them, he fumed. They sign contracts and then try to change the terms. I started to tune out. Over the years, I've heard a zillion similar complaints. Doing business in China is legendarily frustrating. Nothing new about that.
September 9, 2000 |
Police on Friday arrested a senior Japanese naval officer suspected of passing secrets to a Russian Embassy official--a move that comes just three days after Japan and Russia pledged to cooperate in regional security. The 38-year-old officer, a researcher at Japan's National Institute for Defense Studies, is accused of handing over classified documents to a Russian military attache in Tokyo on several occasions, said Masatoshi Konomi, a spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2000 |
In a hangar at Van Nuys Airport sits a once-airborne connection to World War II. The war bird conjures up images of machine-gun fire, shot up planes dueling in the skies and kamikazes crashing into the sea. Aviation experts say only half a dozen Japanese-made Mitsubishi Zeros are left and one of them, a 1943 model, is being repaired by airplane mechanic Peter Regina.