October 4, 1995 |
For two days, Mayor Richard Riordan relentlessly pitched a new Los Angeles--safer, cleaner and more economically robust--to the well-heeled tourists and investors of Japan. And while Tuesday's unexpectedly early verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial prompted Riordan to cut short his planned two-week Asia trade mission, in the eyes of Japanese, the city is slowly rehabilitating its image as a chaotic metropolis torn by racial conflict and crime.
May 2, 1993 |
A shadow looms behind the tranquillity of the Riviera Country Club, the historic golf course that sprawls across a verdant bluff overlooking the ocean in Pacific Palisades: The club's Japanese owners are suspected of laundering money tainted by corruption back home. U.S.
October 18, 1991 |
Rejecting the more passive style of most other Japanese investors in Hollywood, media conglomerate Fujisankei Communications Group on Thursday announced the formation of an independent production company that will wield full creative control over its films. Fujisankei California Entertainment, which has a $50-million start-up budget, will release up to six modestly budgeted pictures a year.
September 15, 1991 |
Architect Ted Tokio Tanaka is an ocean away from most of his clients. His base of operation might be Venice's Market Street, but 48-year-old Tanaka figures 60% of his business today is in Japan. "I feel I was in the right place at the right time," confides Tanaka, whose family moved to Phoenix from Tokyo when he was a teen-ager. "I speak the language and know the culture. I have a little advantage over other people."
September 15, 1991 |
Eric Owen Moss is flipping through architecture magazines in his Culver City office. There's Moss' 708 House on one cover, his Petal House on another, his Adams House on another. Nearly two dozen magazines are marked to indicate photographs of his projects, but he hasn't a clue what the captions say. He can't read Japanese. Moss hasn't built a thing in Japan. He was invited to compete for Tokyo's New National Theatre a few years ago, but he didn't get the commission.
October 16, 1990 |
When the Japanese come calling in Hollywood, one of their first stops is usually talent agent Michael Ovitz's sleek new I. M. Pei building in the heart of Beverly Hills, attorney Peter Dekom's elegant wood-paneled office high above Sunset Boulevard, or Jake Eberts' table at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the London-based producer frequently resides.