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NEWS
November 17, 2000 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's government was thrown into crisis today when rebel Liberal Democratic Party faction leader Koichi Kato announced that he will support a no-confidence vote against his own party's unpopular prime minister, Yoshiro Mori. Political analysts said it was impossible to predict whether Kato would succeed in summoning the votes to oust Mori, who is president of the Liberal Democratic Party as well as prime minister.
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NEWS
April 14, 2000 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Japan's prime minister falls ill or dies, who's in charge? Whomever the prime minister himself decides to appoint--if indeed he still has the faculties to name anyone. And if he's not able, well, it's anyone's guess where the buck stops in the world's second-largest economy.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1998 | JAMES FLANIGAN, TIMES SENIOR ECONOMICS EDITOR
Monday's sharp gains in several Asian markets, on the first day of trading following a five-day break for Lunar New Year, extend a rally that began on Jan. 13 and reflect a growing belief that the region's economic reforms have some credibility. Good news in recent weeks has come from Japan, where the government has pledged $236 billion to bail out the country's banks--including almost $24 billion earmarked for loans to corporations so they may avoid a credit crunch.
NEWS
August 4, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's next government should clearly apologize for World War II and "inform our children what their forefathers did in the past," Tsutomu Hata, who is expected to become the country's deputy prime minister, said Tuesday. Such action is needed, he said, to end constant foreign demands for apologies and continuing suspicion that Japan is bent on seeking military dominance again in Asia.
NEWS
July 28, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two centrist opposition leaders who hold the votes to determine who will run Japan's next government informed the country's perennial leaders, the Liberal Democrats, today that they will side with five opposition parties to form an opposition-led coalition. Barring any unpredictable 11th-hour snags, the development appeared to ensure the end of the Liberal Democrats' 38-year rule of Japan.
NEWS
June 7, 1995 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To mark the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan's coalition government patched together a proposed parliamentary resolution Tuesday expressing "deep self-reflection" over this nation's past. The "negotiated apology" omitted the word apology on the insistence of the Liberal Democratic Party, whose antecedents led Japan during the war.
NEWS
July 14, 1998 | VALERIE REITMAN and SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The contest for the top post in the world's No. 2 economy may come to a choice between bland and spicy. Keizo Obuchi, a leading candidate to become Japan's next prime minister, is an insider known as a consummate conciliator. Seiroku Kajiyama, the other favorite, is a far more colorful reformer whose aggressive, outspoken ways have earned him plenty of enemies.
BUSINESS
January 3, 1990 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusually aggressive display of its power over Japan's auto industry, the Japanese government is pressuring the nation's auto companies to refrain from expanding their manufacturing operations in Japan for fear of further damaging trade relations with the United States.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1998 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The strains caused by Japan's enormous government spending spree sent interest rates sharply higher and stocks reeling Tuesday, further undermining prospects for a turnaround in the world's second-largest economy. Japan's bellwether 10-year government bond saw its biggest one-day price decline ever, sending its annualized yield to 1.94% from 1.5% Monday, after the Ministry of Finance's trust fund said it would quit buying bonds--leaving few takers in sight.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1994 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Socialist party leader Tomiichi Murayama's election Wednesday as Japanese prime minister places new strains on U.S.-Japan trade relations and may derail Tokyo's efforts to carry out economic reforms.
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