September 11, 1992 |
One day after Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin abruptly canceled his impending visit to Japan, Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa and other officials scrambled Thursday to put the best face on the diplomatic debacle, while public opinion was split over whom to blame. Miyazawa urged his country to "wait patiently" for Russia to sort out its domestic problems, while Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe urged people to "keep a cool head" and not respond in an "exaggerated way."
September 10, 1992 |
Facing a rising storm in his government and legislature over a scheduled trip to Tokyo, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin on Wednesday abruptly called off the visit, dashing Japanese hopes for a rapid return of territories seized 47 years ago by the Red Army. The suddenness of Yeltsin's decision left Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa and Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe reeling from a "big shock," Japan's NHK Television network reported.
July 9, 1993 |
Forced by circumstances of world diplomacy to make a trip he twice put off, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin arrived in Japan on Thursday, offered his regrets for not coming earlier and promised "absolutely" to make an official visit as early as the fall. On that trip, he promised Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, he will discuss a 48-year-old territorial dispute that has prevented the conclusion of a peace treaty to put a formal end to World War II for Japan and Russia.
October 12, 1993 |
Having crushed an armed uprising at home with military force, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin arrived Monday night in Japan on a delicate, twice-postponed mission to make amends with Russia's richest and most adversarial neighbor. But even before landing here, Yeltsin ruffled his Japanese hosts by declaring that their two days of talks should avoid the central issue of the troubled relationship: ownership of four small Pacific islands seized by the Soviet Red Army in 1945.
September 7, 1991 |
The acting chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet will visit Japan on Monday at the invitation of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the party said Friday. Ruslan Imranovich Khasbulatov will be the first major Russian or Soviet leader to visit since the failed coup, the LDP said Friday.
April 9, 1993 |
Japan now seems prepared to commit as much as $2 billion in immediate aid to Russia, despite its continued insistence that Russia return four small islands seized after World War II as a precondition for substantial financial support, officials here and in Tokyo said Thursday. Japanese officials have assured Western leaders that Japan will contribute to an aid package to be announced next week at a Tokyo meeting of officials of the seven large industrialized nations.
April 16, 1993 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's offer to visit Japan next month ran into a wall Thursday. Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev, whom Yeltsin said he had instructed to firm up dates for the trip during his visit to Tokyo, spent nearly five hours meeting and dining with Japanese Foreign Minister Kabun Muto but came up empty-handed. Kozyrev had no other meetings scheduled before his departure today.
February 3, 1997 |
The scabbed stump of Chang Gi Chan's mangled arm is about all he has to show for a life cursed with colossal bad luck. Born under Japan's brutal colonial rule of his native Korea, Chang was wrenched from his wife and baby daughter in 1944 and shipped to the frigid wasteland of Sakhalin island off the coast of Siberia as a slave laborer for the Japanese Imperial Army.
April 22, 2000 |
Russia's coast guard fired on a Japanese fishing boat within Japan's northern waters Friday and then took the boat into Russian waters, government officials in Tokyo said. No one was reported hurt in the incident, which Japan said happened about 150 miles south of a group of disputed islands seized by Soviet forces at the end of World War II. Both sides claim historical ownership of the islands, which Tokyo calls the Northern Territories.
October 14, 1993 |
On his first official visit to protocol-minded Japan, Boris N. Yeltsin could not resist a mild harangue. How can such a rich neighbor, he complained, ignore billion-dollar investment opportunities across Russia's vast, underdeveloped landscape? After ticking off a short list of lucrative prospects--oil, atomic energy, telecommunications, space exploration--the Russian president demanded: "Those of you with bad memories, write it down!"