April 27, 1994 |
As news came from Tokyo that Japan's ruling coalition was breaking apart, imperiling new Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata's tenure, leading experts on Japan and Asia were meeting in Los Angeles to hear author James Fallows talk about his new book, "Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System."
February 26, 1989 |
The images flash across television screens all over the United States: Tall, gregarious President Bush bounds past an honor guard to grasp the hand of Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita. The two men exchange warm greetings. They are still smiling broadly as the camera cuts to the next scene.
May 31, 1987
Yuko Kurihara, director general of the Japan Defense Agency, said he has assured Chinese officials that there is "no possibility" of Japan again becoming a military threat in Asia, despite efforts to strengthen Japan's defense capabilities, the New China News Agency reported. Kurihara spoke at a news conference in Beijing after two days of talks with top Chinese officials, including Defense Minister Zhang Aiping.
August 14, 2001 |
It was a simple gesture lasting a few minutes at most Monday--an entrance and a bow--yet it provoked a tidal wave of anger in Japan and throughout Asia, even inciting 20 South Koreans to chop off their little fingers. Wearing a morning coat and trailing a few steps behind a Shinto priest clad in a beige robe and a glittering black hat, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi climbed a set of wooden stairs in a 132-year-old shrine commemorating Japan's 2.
May 19, 1992 |
During the 1960s, Japan's economic miracle brought the nation to the brink of environmental disaster. Thousands of Japanese were poisoned by mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances that found their way into the air, water and food. Tokyo's skies were a smelly yellow haze. An explosion of public anger late in the decade, however, initiated a flurry of legislation in 1970 that forced Japanese industry to become among the cleanest in the world.
November 16, 1993 |
According to Yoshiji Nogami, deputy director of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's foreign policy bureau, it "doesn't matter" that his country will make no major proposals nor even attract much attention when Asian and Pacific leaders gather in Seattle on Friday. "There is no need (for Japan) to take initiatives," he said. "In whatever is proposed, in the end, Japan cannot help but play a major role" if the proposal is to succeed. "If you exclude Japan from Asia, what do you have left?