November 7, 1991 |
At his first press conference as Japanese prime minister, Kiichi Miyazawa spent nearly an hour and a half Wednesday discussing everything from economics and foreign policy to morality with a spontaneity and frankness that won accolades from political observers. Miyazawa raised serious questions, for example, about the role that human rights issues should play in foreign policy.
October 9, 1991 |
In a move to align itself with the United States and the European Community, Japan said Tuesday that it will offer the Soviet Union an aid package worth $2.5 billion. The announcement, made by Chief Cabinet Secretary Misoji Sakamoto, amounted to a step away from Japan's longstanding policy of insisting that Moscow return the northern islands that the Soviets seized after the end of World War II as a precondition for major aid.
June 20, 1991 |
As the United States and its major economic allies approach a key decision point on how to respond to the worsening economic situation in the Soviet Union, they find themselves sharply divided over what course to follow. Unless they can unite behind a single strategy--and do it quickly--the Western governments risk squandering billions of dollars and missing perhaps their best opportunity to wrest long-desired political concessions from the Soviets.
December 19, 1990 |
Japan added its support Tuesday to the worldwide effort to help the Soviet Union cope with widespread food shortages, saying it will extend $100 million in loans. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the loans will be made through the Export-Import Bank of Japan. Japan will also offer $3.75 million in food aid and additional medical aid for Moscow through international organizations including the Red Cross, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
April 16, 1991 |
With the Soviet economy in chaos and his own political position increasingly precarious, Mikhail S. Gorbachev began a historic visit to Japan today with the aim of winning billions of dollars in desperately needed aid and trade to prop up the crumbling Soviet state.
April 19, 1991 |
Badly needing a diplomatic triumph, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev emerged today from grueling talks with the Japanese with little better than a debacle, having failed by his own account to secure a dramatic improvement in relations or a pledge of large-scale aid for the flagging Soviet economy. "We are yet to have that breakthrough," Gorbachev acknowledged after 12 hours of often acrimonious negotiations over the past three days with the Japanese prime minister, Toshiki Kaifu.