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August 25, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
Yet another sex scandal has rocked the Japanese political world, as a key minister in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu resigned today after he admitted having an extramarital affair with a bar hostess and attempting to pay her $21,000 just before taking office earlier this month.
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April 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked one year in office Friday with a spirited defense of his record, telling a skeptical nation that his policies are fixing the economy after more than a decade of stagnation. Koizumi became prime minister after winning widespread public support by vowing to do away with politics as usual and revive the world's second-largest economy. For months he was seen as a refreshing force, and his public approval ratings exceeded 70% in media polls.
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BUSINESS
February 20, 1998 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's widening scandal of bribes paid by brokerages and banks to bureaucrats and politicians spread to parliament Thursday, when lawmaker Shokei Arai committed suicide rather than face arrest. Arai, 50, was found hanged in a Tokyo hotel room as parliament prepared to vote to approve his arrest on charges of pressuring a brokerage to pay him illegal profits. Arai had publicly admitted receiving $325,000 since October 1995 in profits supplied by Nikko Securities Co.
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April 12, 2001 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than three years ago, Ryutaro Hashimoto--renowned for his slicked-back hair and hard-line fiscal reforms--resigned as Japan's prime minister after his party's humiliating defeat in a parliamentary election. Several members of his own party said then that they resented his autocratic ways and poor listening skills. Well, Hashimoto's back. Today, he became the odds-on favorite to replace unpopular and gaffe-prone Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
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January 30, 1997 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto in Toronto this weekend to discuss the crisis here at the Japanese ambassador's residence where rebels hold 72 hostages, officials said Wednesday.
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March 21, 1991 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Mariko Terasaki Miller, leafing through her father's diaries and looking at the pages of Japanese characters was a longtime ritual. Miller and her mother, Gwen Harold Terasaki, could not read the writing, but they were content to study the simple ink sketches of mountain ranges and family photographs and to point out the only Japanese words they knew--their names. Translation was out of the question.
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January 29, 1998 | Associated Press
Two top Finance Ministry officials offered their resignations Wednesday and a third reportedly committed suicide as repercussions spread from a bribery scandal that forced out Japan's finance minister. The shake-up follows the arrests Monday of two ministry officials accused of tipping off banks about the ministry's inspections in exchange for gourmet dinners, golf outings and other lavish gifts.
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December 28, 1996 | From Associated Press
President Alberto Fujimori gave his army and police special arrest and search powers by declaring a state of emergency in Lima on Friday, seeking to strengthen his position as a face-off with guerrillas holding more than 100 VIP hostages moved into its 11th day. Fujimori's action was the latest thrust in a diplomatic duel with Tupac Amaru rebels occupying the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima. Peru's Congress voted Friday to support Fujimori's policy of not negotiating with the rebels.
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January 24, 1997 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1992, when an attempted military coup caused President Alberto Fujimori to flee the presidential palace, he reportedly took refuge at the Japanese ambassador's residence. The coup failed, but Fujimori's choice of sanctuary--reported back then by the respected magazine Caretas--reflected the special bond between Peru and Japan.
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August 11, 2000 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Osaka Gov. Isamu "Knock" Yokoyama was sentenced Thursday to a suspended 18-month prison term for groping a 21-year-old campaign worker, a penalty whose leniency drew scorn from many people in a nation where sexual assault and harassment laws are notoriously weak.
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April 6, 2001 | Associated Press
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, one of Japan's most unpopular post-World War II leaders, told his Cabinet today that he will resign, but he set no date, the government's top spokesman said. Though Mori has long been expected to quit, this was the first time he said he would directly and publicly. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is planning an election this month to choose a successor. The apparent top-runner to replace Mori is former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.
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March 11, 2001 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When is Japan's beleaguered Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori--who was reported Saturday night to have signaled his intention to resign--actually going to step down? That's the question that has obsessed the media in the world's second-largest economy for the last few weeks in an ongoing soap opera about whether the gaffe-prone and widely unpopular Mori is in or out.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2001 | From Reuters and Times Staff
Policy confusion gripped Japan today as Finance Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologized for warning of a looming fiscal collapse and Economics Minister Taro Aso floated the idea of yet more public spending to save the economy. To compound the muddle, Trade Minister Takeo Hiranuma contradicted other government officials on whether Japan should actively drive the yen's value lower to boost the economy.
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February 16, 2001 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps the United States was lucky that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori continued his golf game after being told that a nuclear-powered U.S. submarine had sunk the Ehime Maru in Hawaii. For it is Mori who appears to be bearing the brunt of this nation's anger over the crash that left nine Japanese on board the high school teaching vessel still missing a week later.
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December 6, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hoping to give his government a renewed sense of legitimacy, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori named a new Cabinet on Tuesday that includes two former premiers and reduced the number of posts. But with his popularity plummeting--it has been below 20% in recent polls--and deep divisions in his Liberal Democratic Party, doubts remained over Mori's ability to lead the nation. Two weeks ago, he barely survived a no-confidence motion.
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December 1, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a move that could spell more trouble for beleaguered Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, the top lieutenant in his ruling party resigned today. Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Hiromu Nonaka, the eminence grise of the long-dominant party, told reporters that he had met with Mori and tendered his resignation, which Mori had accepted.
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September 28, 1994 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The battle against corruption in Japan suffered a major setback Tuesday as a former chief Cabinet secretary was found not guilty of accepting a bribe--despite having received more than $400,000 in funds from a favor-seeking businessman. It was the first verdict involving a politician in the infamous stocks-for-favors Recruit scandal of 1988-89, which spurred the resignation of Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita and tainted every leader of the then-ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
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May 8, 1994 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Shigeto Nagano on Saturday, three days after Nagano called the 1937 Rape of Nanking a fabrication and denied that Japan was guilty of aggression in World War II. It was the third time since 1986 that a Japanese Cabinet minister has resigned or was fired for making revisionist statements about World War II. The move came a day after Nagano apologized and withdrew his statements published Wednesday.
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November 21, 2000 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori failed early today by a vote of 237 to 190 after rebel factions within Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party abruptly abandoned plans to join the opposition in seeking his ouster. The vote means that Mori could limp along in office until July, when elections are scheduled for the upper house of parliament, or even until his term officially ends in September.
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October 27, 2000 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's political establishment was jolted by the election this week of outsider Etsuko Kawada to the lower house of parliament. The 51-year-old ran as an independent, attacking collusion between politicians and bureaucrats, slamming irresponsible big corporations and pledging to fight for a government open to the people.
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